New South Wales selection bias

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New South Wales selection bias is a perceived bias by selectors of the Australian cricket teams towards players from New South Wales. It was exemplified in a quote by South Australian batsman David Hookes who said that, "when they give out the baggy blue cap in New South Wales, they give you a baggy green one in a brown paper bag as well to save making two presentations".[1] This is an example of confirmation bias. The claims persist in spite of the fact that no New South Welshman has occupied a position on the National Selection Panel since John Benaud in 1994.

Allegations of this bias have been made by a number of past and present players, including Brad Hodge, who claimed his non-selection in the Australian side was due in part to the bias.[2]

Statistical basis[edit]

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 top 50 wicket takers, the eight players who did not play a single Test came from every state except New South Wales.[7]

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