Ponting has stated that they will be going for the win in this match - but a draw is all that is required to retain the Ashes.
Would the Aussies be better served by going with a batting lineup of:
and guarantee a draw and the Ashes?
If England got themselves together and managed a win while Australia was playing for the win...I'd be quite disappointed, to say the least. I would suggest that if the roles were reversed England would pick the sixth batsmen with Prior at 7, Flintoff at 8.
P.s I'd like to see Hussey dropped for Hughes anyway...show the lad a portion of the faith shown to Johnson. No doubt he's been working on his perceived weeknesses for the past month, could only bode well for the future.