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Would be interested to get your opinions on both tbh.
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Going with the assumption Watson isn't going to bowl and the conditions are typical English conditions and everyone is fit (unlikely):
Khawaja/Marsh(yep)/Henriques (if Lyon plays)
I'll post what I think we'll play later.
Bird has to start AFAIC.
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Watson will almost certainly bowl in the Ashes.
This would be the side I'd be picking:
7. Wade/Haddin (based on form)
10. Harris (if fit, if not Bird)
12th man: Starc
As I said during the last test, god knows what their selectors will do as a kneejerk reaction if they get hammered in India (which could easily happen)
It would be stupid to rip it up and start again but they may do as they seem totally confused as to what they should be doing of late.
I'd be surprised if they read too much into losing in India, assuming that happens. As you say, it would be stupid to start again, especially as conditions in England will be very different, and I'm guessing that they aren't really that dim. Their aim should be to provide as much stability as possible to support Clarke so they can at least stay reasonably competitive with the bat, knowing that their first choice quicks are capable of inflicting some serious damage on the English line-up. I think they'll play a sixth batsman ahead of Wade in England to help achieve that, but otherwise the side won't look too different.
That being said, I don't get Hughes at 3 at all.
From an Aussie selector's perspective, if Wade is such a good bat shouldn't he playing as a specialist at least given how ****e the other options are?
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Having said that, PEWS makes a good comparison between Wade and early-Prior in another thread and I think that is a more likely outcome
Anyway, 6 is not the problem for Oz as there are a number of players that could potentially bat in that position.
The problem is in 3 of the top 4 (Warner aside)
One of the most remarkable aspects of the run-spree that Clarke has been on since becoming captain is that it was something like 17 tests before he came to the wicket with at least 100 on the board
That is a disgraceful statistic and it wont change until the selectors deem that 30s are not good enough and make a change
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meh for all that australia are unsettled if England lost Anderson they'd be in pretty big trouble. Probably still win at home but lose away imo.
From England's so called quality attack of a couple of years ago there is no guarantee Bresnan, Broad and Tremlett are going to be anywhere near the peaks they've reached in the past. All 3 have had pretty serious injury problems. Yes the aussies have plenty of injury problem but they're bowlers are less than 25 and are still developing their bodies for fast bowling and more likely to recover fully with no impact on the future; the england bowlers problems are more long term as I see it and could impact the rest of their careers.
Swann is another who is bowling a reduced number of overs because of his elbow and his influence seems to be waning.
Australians reserve of fast bowlers seems pretty exhaustive even with all the injuries. Englands isn't quite so. Onions is still a very good bowler (NZ tour match doesn't look good but he's basically played no cricket all winter and is an aggresive bowler. This has happened before) but is now 30 and as an attacking bowler (and poor tailender) he doesn't fit too well into England's expectations of a 3rd seamer. Woakes is still untested but it doesn't look like there is any great potential there. Finn is decent but not particularly skilled.
So I think it's pretty damn vital that Anderson stays fit. He's pretty near his peak right now.
Of course so much for England will rely on Cook and Trott laying a foundation. If Aus can knock these two over regularly England have real problems.
blah blah blah.
As it is, we've got guys who can bowl who aren't because they need to be rested, so they're trundling away out the back in the nets (presumably, and not just sitting with their feet up actually resting for a week). Then we've got a bloke who we've persisted with as a spinner for a while, only to ditch him and go with a debutant and a guy who has never proven he can be relied on in tests ever.
And the selectors can't work out why the team feels a bit unsettled. How about creating an environment where players and staff feel like you know what the **** you're doing? Maybe that would go some way to getting a bit of stability back into the team. Sure, we don't have a long list of players who can seemingly step in and fill the void. But when you combine that with what seems to be ****ing around for ****ing around's sake then you're weakening the stocks even further. We keep talking about what might happen if we get our strongest team on the park (at least bowling-wise), but will that ever happen with all the other 'advancements' that seem to dictate what happens with our team at the moment? They'll never be on the same team sheet as they'll either be resting, injured, tired, feeling a bit lackadaisical, lactose intolerant, suspected of having a peanut allergy, or receiving a dose of lavender treatment from an aromatherapist due to a perceived inability to relax their sphincter muscles sufficiently during their morning ablution.
If Doherty and Maxwell take 15 wickets amongst them for the match and we end up with a settled team for The Ashes, which we then win, I'll take this back
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