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An interesting article in The Age by Greg Baum highlights Australia's ageing problem:
The first problem is that the Test players almost never appear in the domestic competition. The 12 players who form the core of the national team played a total of 10 Pura Cup matches between them last season. Eight did not play at all. Some have not played for years. This must depress the quality of the competition. Shaun Tait dominated the Pura Cup last season, but looked far from Test ready when called up in the emergency in England. Cameron White was picked for the Super Series, but was trusted with only three overs in three matches.
England face similar problems, with many counties objecting to the strict restrictions imposed upon the players by Duncan Fletcher.