There is an abundance of exceptional cricketers in Australia. However, the main issue lies in the overlapping of players in the Test and white-ball squads, posing a problem for the team. In the 1990s, Mark Taylor was facing a similar situation, and since then, Australian men’s cricket has been dealing with the conflict of specialist line-ups. The current scenario is one of the least specialized since Allan Border’s time, when the squads for Test and one-day games were very similar, with only a few changes. A core group of players including Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner, Travis Head, Steve Smith, and Mitchell Marsh, take up a considerable number of spots across all three formats. The issue is that many talented cricketers are left competing for fewer spots. The selections for the three squads in order to make them as strong as possible are being questioned. USman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, and Alex Carey deserve spots in the Test team, with incumbents or specialist players like Starc being conserved for the white-ball line-ups. This approach aims to distribute the talent across the three teams. In a theoretical situation, the players for all three line-ups will be assigned accordingly.

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