‘Ashes selections... made by morons masquerading as mentors’

FORMER Test great Stuart MacGill has launched a scathing attack on Australian selectors following Peter Nevill's snubbing for the Ashes.

MacGill declared that Tim Paine's bolt from the blue to leapfrog Paine should be the end of the road for the current selection panel.

Nevill was strongly linked with a return to the keeping position he was controversially axed from 12 months ago, and had the support of ex-players Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh and Ian Healy.

However, despite Nevill emerging as the frontrunner, he was unable to land a knockout blow with the bat in the opening rounds of the Sheffield Shield, and in the end Paine has come from the clouds.

MacGill described Nevill's omission as a disgrace.

"How about we pick a player who can do the job he's selected for," MacGill posted on twitter alongside a picture of Nevill.

"Forget Ferry McFerryface, let's vote on the idiots that pick the Australian cricket team."

MacGill continued his criticism in a series of other posts.

Peter Nevill takes a delivery left by Matthew Renshaw.
Peter Nevill takes a delivery left by Matthew Renshaw.

"If (Peter Nevill) isn't being selected because he doesn't score enough runs then perhaps the Australian captain should remember the day he was first selected for an Ashes series," said MacGill, alluding to Steve Smith's first match against England in Perth in 2010.

"Ashes selections … made by morons masquerading as mentors. Times (sic) up gents."

Nevill would now appear highly unlikely to play for Australia again, unless there's an injury to Paine in this Ashes series.

Both men are 32, and it's likely the next man to don the gloves for Australia will be a younger option.

If so, it would be a crushing end for Nevill, who many believe was hugely unlucky to be axed last summer for Wade.

The criticism of Nevill was that his batting wasn't good enough, although he went back to Shield level after being dropped last season and made three hundreds - the equal most with Ed Cowan in the whole competition.

This season when the heat was on the nation's wicketkeepers, no one fired, and Paine with a 52 in a tour match against England and a 71 not out against Victoria was the only one to post half centuries - other than WA's Cameron Bancroft who was never going to be considered as a keeper, and is in the Test team as an opening batsman.

Topics:  ashes tim paine

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