Shaun Marsh was picked for the South African tour because "He's in a good space at the moment Shaun," according to John Inverarity.
Ignoring Inverarity's backward sentencing ("he's ... Shaun"), which much surely appal Invers the Headmaster, and the seemingly extraordinary fact that a player can now be picked for the Test squad because he is "in a good space," there is nothing wrong with the Australian National Selection Panel Group dropping George Bailey. The short form skipper was a noble experiment on the heels of his one day form and reputed leadership qualities, but he needed to take his chances in the Ashes. He did not.
The question is: who's next? Looking at Shield numbers alone, it is almost impossible to justify Marsh's selection.
Read down the list and cross out the obvious: Quiney, Cowan, Doolan, Smith, Wade, Rogers, Hussey, Paine, Warner, Khawaja and Botha. Have I missed anyone? Probably Hughes, since the selectors would be reluctant to give him another shot so soon after dropping him for the third time.
That still leaves a huge number of batsmen ahead of Marsh. A huge number of batsmen ahead of Doolan, for that matter.
Inverarity is well respected in world cricket circles and there are no obvious candidates pummelling the portal with runs, but if the Marsh selection bombs "in a good space" will rival "informed player management" for cricket fans' sledge of choice.