Pattinson selection causes a stir
Today's selection of Darren Pattinson for England is one of the most leftfield decisions I've ever seen.
The chairman of selectors Geoff Miller has clearly studied the form of all the bowlers in county cricket - as he should - and Pattinson came top of the pile.
I've got no problem with Darren (who was born in Grimsby but raised in Australia), but we've got to look at the bigger picture.
The international game is in danger of being devalued if we have many more selections like this.
I captained England 34 times and many of the players under me were born overseas. I'm talking of Allan Lamb, Robin Smith, Graeme Hick - none of them born in England but all fantastic servants for this country.
These were men who decided to make their life in England and bring up their kids here. They were passionate about playing for the three Lions, but Pattinson's father says he's a proud Aussie - and his brother plays for their Under-19 side. Can you switch from being a proud Australian to a passionate Englishman overnight?
I grew up in London watching great men like Ken Barrington, Colin Cowdrey and Fred Trueman play for their country.
Representing England is more than just cricket, more than just a game or a pay packet. It's a tremendous honour, and it should be treated as such by players and the selectors.
Is this what playing for your country has come to?
That's the question I'll be putting to Geoff when he comes on BBC Radio 5 Live later this afternoon...