I don't understand, he selects the best team possible for every tie. Alun Jones did his work well enough to get a spot in there, it's a bit hard to let a junior be in there, if someone gets injuried he's thrust into the spotlight and that makes it hard it hard on them. Never underestimate the opponent, thailand have udomchoke and the twins with the long names i can't remember. We'll still have to play well to win, can't just try things because we are assumed to win.
Well my point is this, let's be honest, I'm not sure how big a chance we are of winning the Davis Cup, probably about as big of one that we have been every year for the past five. But sometimes instead of neccessarily going into every tie and selecting your best 'ranked' team, it would be wise to take a few risks here and there for the sake of the future and to widen the depth of talent at your disposal, to look at the bigger picture once in a while and make a few selections based on a potential dividend down the track. Selecting two of the top 25 ranked doubles playing on the planet to play a team in a home tie against Thailand including udomchoke
is hardly underestimating your opponent, more like respecting them for that matter, how many do they have ranked in the top 25??
But the point as in many other sports sometimes we see the selection of a squad including players who provide more upside than others but may not be ranked or have the experience of others due to age etc. For instance in AFL if you draft a no. 1 pick usually the team which doesn't have much hope of winning the competition for a few years to come, will include that high in it's team to give them the big match experience and ensure a little kick along to their career. I'm sure the Aussie DC team could do the same with a Brydan Klein or a Greg Jones. You see 'best side' is a subjective term, you're referring to best side as in the best one on rankings but I don't think many people would argue Jones's prospects are up near that of those two boys. Of course I'm not even advocating that those guys play but merely be available for dead rubbers and or as a possible injury replacement for one of our players when playing a lowly ranked team like Thailand (not an underestimation, merely a statement of fact).
Again IMO the reason we are always selecting so narrowly and conservatively is because Mr. Fitzgerald is so phobic about losing that he is placing his own future ahead of that of the team and it's about time he merely acted like a guide in transitioning us into a new phase instead of selecting our best team on singles ranking and doubling up players who evidently don't look comfortable playing together to prolong his employment for the longest possible period.
Anyway that's just my opinion mate, my team for Thailand would look like this,
Luczak as backup singles and doubles.
Klein hitting partner and dead rubber singles player.
Hardly understimating anybody that team would be, more like broadening your talent pool and looking at what players of the future can offer. I don't care if Alun Jones has earnt his way there, fact is he doesn't bely the talent of a top 50 player and never will so well done to him but it's about time our powers that be use some discretionary opinion on a players future and talent prospects rather than have this silly bullish mindset of, well a player has earnt this they have to play.