1. I'm a Mitchell Marsh fan, and for that reason I probably give him a bit more leeway than maybe he deserves, though I generally think the Aussie selectors don't stick with players long enough. Look at the records of Amla, Kallis and ABDV after 20 tests to see what can potentially happen to players when you stick it out. Who's to say the likes of Kwahaja and Hughes wouldn't have followed a similar course if they'd been stuck with. Instead, young talented guys were dropped for guys like Ed Cowan, who with all due respect, was in good form for a season or two, but was never going to be a long term option.
2. Putting Marsh in at 3 during the 4th ODI was a strategical decision. Not to win game 4 (you would have gone Smith at 3 and Maxwell at 4 if that was the case), but to give him some batting time in a dead rubber. I think you might be a little harsh in the assessment of him for game 5 given he scored a century of 80 odd, but I reckon he loses some leeway by virtue that they called India out the previous few days, so in that case you better not do the same thing.
3. I don't mind an all-rounder providing they are good enough. I think Marsh should be good enough to hold down a top 6 spot (especially given they have a reasonably solid top 7, so can afford an attacking player). I've actually been pleasantly surprised with his bowling, which before this season I considered crud. I don't think he needs to bowl many overs though. Look at SA. Kallis never really bowled that much - just enough to keep the other fast bowlers reasonably fresh.
4. Maxwell is crud at tests IMO. Not good enough to either be a batsman or a bowler. In fact, I reckon a test batsman would be embarrassed to be dismissed by Maxwell in a red ball game. Having said that, I'd definately have him in white ball cricket, just for his batting alone. IMO you pick as many matchwinners as you can in white ball cricket. It doesn't matter if they're inconsistent as hopefully a couple of them will do enough to win the game for you.
5. Faulkner isn't having a great summer, but I reckon that he's a good enough bowler to be in our regular white ball attack. His batting is an added bonus.
6. Can't understand the Tait selection. I haven't watched much of the Hurricanes this year but was he really that good in the BBL? Can't bat and can't field either, and is only going to head in one direction at this stage of his career. Admittedly, with no Starc or Johnson, our attack looks very military medium in Australia, so perhaps that was the reason. As soon as Starc is back surely he's the first to go. On that, last year we apparently had a plethora of young fast bowling talent. Still, Harris, MJ and Starc are missing and we end up with the likes of Paris, Boland and Tait. Perhaps the depth isn't as good as we made out.
7. Is Richardson the worst fielder in Australia? He'd have to go close. Remember that missed run out in the domestic season last year. That says it all for me. If you field that bad and can't really bat, then you'd better be McGrath like with the ball (which he isn't). It was also a captaincy error to have him fielding at Fine Leg if they were going to bounce the batsmen. Put Steve Smith there.
8. It goes without saying that Kwahaja had to be there. I don't know who you leave out, but he should have been one of the first 3 batsmen picked. The rest can fight out who to leave out. I also don't know what sort of message it sends to batsmen. Kwahaja is now 29 and close to the form batsman in the game and they still don't pick him. What are they waiting for? Until he turns 32? I would have been happier if the selectors on Monday added him to the squad and said something like "when we originally selected the squad we weren't 100% convinced he was a limited over batsman, and was still reasonably fresh in his recovery from injury. His performance in the semi and final of the BBL has convinced us that neither of those factors are an issue now and we just had to select him".
9. Bad luck on a couple of LBW's last night. Still, even the most ardent supporter would admit our batsmen (Smith aside) don't look good against spin and that's going to be a problem going into the T20 WC. Still, with our spin stocks, guys like Lynn, Head etc probably won't get better in aussie domestic cricket, so we should stick with them. Getting back to Kwahaja, he never looked that great against spin, but in the semi he looked like the first guy all year untroubled by Rashid.