Claiming wickets the key to Australia's game.
Claiming wickets the key to Australia's game. Lynne Mowbray

Youngsters can revive Aussie cricket

FORMER Queensland Colts opening batsman Phil Willing reckons the Australian selectors should look at the future of two of the stars of the winning team in the second Test against South Africa.

While Ricky Ponting top scored with 62 and Mitchell Johnson was 40 not out when Australia won by two wickets, Willing said it was time to look at the new generation of players.

But he doesn't believe in change for change sake.

"If there is no one knocking on the door, there is no point in promoting them," Willing said.

"Queensland Bulls paceman Ben Cutting should be considered for the Test against New Zealand in Brisbane on his home pitch in place of Johnson and, if fit, Shaun Marsh should be a serious contender for Ponting's place as well as Bulls batsman Chris Lynn, who seems to be the next big thing."

Willing's major concern with Ponting is the way he is falling across his crease, which caused his recent spate of LBW decisions.

While suggesting change was worth considering at the selection table, Willing said he was surprised to wake up yesterday morning to news of an Australian victory.

"I went to bed when Ponting was dismissed," Willing said.

"I was extremely proud of the way the Australians fought back after the debacle in Cape Town; it was pleasing to see the team regain some fight.

"History was against Australia as we needed to make the highest score in the fourth innings to win a Test match on the Wanderers ground.

"It is great to see the Australian selectors had faith in Patrick Cummins after only three first-class games. He has plenty of pace and moves the ball away from the right handers.

"I am looking forward to the battle between Cummins and the Indian batsmen later in the summer in one of their rare visits to Australia."

Willing doesn't subscribe to the theory that wicketkeeper Brad Haddin should be dropped just because of his poor batting record of late.

"He is there to keep wickets and if this area of his game is showing signs of weakening, that should be the selector's main consideration," he said.


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