New South Wales selection bias

New South Wales selection is biased by selectors of the Australian cricket teams towards players from New South Wales . It was exemplified in a quote by former South Australian captain David Hookes who said, “When they give out the baggy blue cap in New South Wales, they give you a baggy green one in a brown paper bag to save making two presentations “. [1] This is an example of confirmation biasand Hookes’ How did they come into the world when they were selected by the US? and / or One-Day team. The claims persist in spite of the fact that New South Welshman has occupied a position on the National Selection Panel since John Benaud in 1994. citation needed ]

Allegations of this bias have been made by Victoria and Brad Hodge , who has not been selected in the Australian side. [2]

Statistical basis

Statistics have been used to deny [3] and support the bias. [4] Deniers of the bias point out that many New South Wales players have suffered at the hands of selectors. [5]

Out of the list of the top 50 run-scorers in the Sheffield Shield , the nine players who did not play a single Test came from every state except New South Wales and Western Australia . [6] Out of the list of the 50 wicket takers, the eight players who did not play a single Test came from every state except New South Wales. [7]


  1. Jump up^ David Hookes, Wisden Obituary 2005
  2. Jump up^ ‘Hodge lashes cricket NSK bias’, Herald Sun , 27 August 2009
  3. Jump up^ ‘Are NSW players over-represented in the Australian cricket team?’, Where Science Meets Pop Culture,, 5 April 2011
  4. Jump up^ ‘NSW Bias Selection: In reply to Snooker’, This Will Hurt Me … , 13 February 2007
  5. Jump up^ Martin Smith, ‘New South Wales Have Been Victims of Australia’s Selectors, Disproving Theory of Blues Bias’, Fox Sports , 25 October 2011
  6. Jump up^ ‘Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most runs’, Cricinfo, ESPN. The players wereJamie Cox(Tasmania),Jamie Siddons(Victoria, South Australia),Michael Di Venuto(Tasmania),Jimmy Maher(Queensland),Sam Trimble(Queensland),Daniel Marsh(Tasmania, South Australia),Dene Hills(Tasmania) ),Neil Dansie(South Australia),Trevor Barsby(Queensland).
  7. Jump up^ ‘Sheffield Shield / Pura Cup / Records / Most wickets’, Cricinfo, ESPN. The players wereDamien Wright(Tasmania, Victoria),Dirk Tazelaar(Queensland),Ashley Noffke(Queensland, Western Australia),Mathew Inness(Victoria, Western Australia),Joe Dawes(Queensland),David Saker(Tasmania, Victoria),Ken MacLeay(Western Australia), andPaul Jackson(Queensland, Victoria).

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