As their side has been knocked off their perch, the Australian selectors have become famous for their increasingly bizarre selections - Xavier Doherty, Michael Beer and Peter George to name but three.
But it is their retention policy - especially when it comes to one-day cricket - that perhaps warrants more scrutiny.
One would think that with Australia co-hosting the next World Cup in 2015, their strategy would be focussed on picking a team that can grow over the next four years and reclaim the trophy that they won three times in succession until 2007.
So we were surprised to say the least that Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey (both 36) as well as Brad Haddin, who will be 34 by the end of the year, were in the XI that beat South Africa at Centurion yesterday.
All three are fine players, but none of them will still be around in 2015 so should have been thanked for their service and relieved of their yellow pyjamas at the end of this year's World Cup.
It's not as if the Australian selectors don't discriminate against age given their ruthless sacking of Simon Katich from the Test side for that very reason, which makes their retention of Ponting et al all the more difficult to fathom.
England may be getting royally hammered in India at the moment, but at least they are doing so with a squad of players who will all be available for selection in 2015 and not collecting their pension from the post office.
Cricket Zeroes: Andrew Hilditch
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