I’m fascinated by the Ireland selectors refusal to pick Barry McCarthy, favouring instead club bowlers who sparkle a little at interprovincial level.
We’ve all seen the stats that he has the SIXTH best strike rate in the history of ODI cricket, and his impressive performances in the county championship last week show his skill at first-class level too.
I ran his record through the analysis machine and picked out just the Test cricketers he’s dismissed so far.
Remember, he’s still played only 18 first-class games in his career – all for Durham obviously, as he has yet to be selected for one for Ireland.
It’s hard to understand what’s going on, because he takes wickets in not just quantity, but quality too, as the list below shows.
Now he's heading home, perhaps Knights, Reds or Warriors scalps could be what is needed to convince the men making the calls.
BARRY McCARTHY'S TEST SCALPS (excluding Ireland and Afghanistan test players)
- ENGLAND (14): I Bell, J Trott, Moeen Ali, M Trescothick, M Carberry, A Lyth, E Morgan, G Balance, T Ambrose, S Borthwick, S Kerrigan, Samit Patel, T Bresnan, R Clarke
- NEW ZEALAND (6): M Guptill, K Williamson, L Ronchi, T Latham, Jeetan Patel, R Taylor
- BANGLADESH (5): Mushfiqur Rahim, Sanjamul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman
- PAKISTAN (5): Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz
- SRI LANKA (4): MDKJ Perera, MD Gunathilleke, MF Maharoof, LD Chandimal
- ZIMBABWE (3): PJ Moor, F Mutizwa, B Taylor
- SOUTH AFRICA (1): RK Kleinveldt