There has been a bit of contention of late re the Australian Test selection policy. Ian Chappell believes that picking Adam Voges is indicative of a broken system not producing young players capable of playing Test standard cricket. ESPNCricinfo's Jarrod Kimber disagrees, suggesting that few young players have ever really flourished on their first attempt and that experience is crucial. It is my opinion that the best policy lies in the middle. Like batting and captaincy, selection is at it's best when it is balanced.
Going into the 2nd (read last) Test against the West Indies Australia had 6 players over 32 years of age and none under the age of 24. In and of itself this is not an issue, as modern cricketers are far fitter and prepared to play in their 30's and many believe that batsmen are at their peak in the years between 28 and 34. Looking to the future though, this could be seen as a concern. It is much better to make gradual changes than to lose four or five experienced players in one fell swoop, which was the case when Lillee, Chappell and Marsh retired a year after Walters and when in the space of 3 Tests Martyn, Langer, Warne and McGrath retired.