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How will the Aussie selection policy survive an Ashes trip? How many 'spare' fast bowlers are they intending to take? It's one thing to do it at home, but a 'normal' sized squad would be 16-17 with 1 spare bat, 1 spare keeper, 1 spare spinner and 2-3 spare fast bowlers. England have developed a policy of running parallel Lions tours (sometime in the same place, sometimes not) to provide extra options - do the Aussies do this? The traditional option of having a couple of players in county cricket doesn't seem available - counties aren't going to want to take on fast bowlers who have to be rested every couple of weeks.
I know there's a Australia A tour beforehand, and there's options in county cricket I guess.
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England took 18 to India (note:they knew Ian Bell was missing one test when picking the squad and squad numbers) and we should look at doing something similar. That would allow
back-up spinner (not 100% to happen)
back-up keeper (100%. like 90% to be haddin who Can Bat)
back-up all-rounder or another back-up batsman
3 back-up seamers
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If we take Haddin then we don't need two backup bats IMO.
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I assume they would want to take a batting all-rounder, but everyone bar Moz is dead so if Moz doesn't do much in the 2nd half they may as well take another batsman. They could get Maxwell to fill the spinner and batting all-rounder role though
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Would guess, from the way he trekked around like a spare part, Morgan wouldn't have been included had KP not been on the outers when the sqaud was initially named.
Oz will take no more than 16, IMHO and rely on yer Katichs, Klingers and Rogerses for cover as they'll be here anyway.
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Huss will not be playing in The Ashes. What the **** are we going to do?
Think we might see Haddin back.
This really emphasises the turnover in the Aussie test side since 2009. Of the likely top seven, two have played a test in England. One of them is Phil Hughes.
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Who will be the reserve bat?
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The second half of the Shield season is going to be interesting. Which batsman can step up? Two centuries will get you a seat on the plane.
Last time we took so inexperienced a top seven to England for an Ashes tour was 1989.....
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