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    Australia's test side for the Ashes in Australia

    The series in England has given a good indication of where Australia are at. We are very capable of matching England, particularly when we get our batting selections sorted and in the right order. I'd say the following spots are locked...


    - Rogers
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    - Clarke
    - Smith
    - Watson (if fit and able to bowl)
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    - Siddle
    - Pattinson/Starc/Bird/Cummins
    - Harris (if he maintains his fitness)
    - Lyon


    I'd reckon Warner is our best bet to partner Rogers opening. Good contrasting styles.

    Could go either way on Haddin, opportunity to try Paine, Hartley or Nevill, but Haddin's been ok.

    Khawaja needs to do something significant, but I think he deserves his spot at #3 for a whole series.

    If Watson can't play/bowl, not sure whether it'd be better to select a pure batsman or an AR like McDonald or Henriques.

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    Rogers
    Warner
    Hughes
    Clarke
    Smith
    Watson
    Haddin
    Pattinson
    Siddle
    Harris
    Lyon

    Who bats 3 is anyones guess, Khawaja is currently making a hash of it, wouldn't suprise to see Hughes back in the team playing there, and fail again and someone else (Cowan) come in mid series for him again.

    If Pattinson is not fit its no great loss as Australia have plenty in reserve, Twatto won't get dropped, he'll be there.

    Can't see many changes from this team/squad, it will be also be interesting to see what the England team lining up in the 1st test is going to be, there really should be some changes in the batting order and probably Tremlett starting.

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    Siddle should be #10 in both of those line-ups. No way he's a better bat than Pattinson(Starc) or Harris. Useful #10 to have though.
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    Think Rogers and Warner are set as openers. Should be kept for all the tests against England.

    Number 3 is the main problem. Keen to see someone settled in that spot. Probably has to be Khawaja or Hughes. Hard to expect a young batsman like Doolan etc come in and bat at #3. Should be given time at 5 or 6 first. I'd love to see Khawaja own it because I love his technique and style, but he must make big scores.

    Of course I'd prefer most of all to see Cossy at #3, but I doubt it'll happen. He'd strengthen us no end though.


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    - Rogers
    - Warner
    - Cosgrove
    - Clarke
    - Smith
    - Doolan/Maddinson/S.Marsh
    - Haddin
    - Pattinson/Cummins
    - Harris
    - Siddle
    - Lyon

    I'd really like to see this for the home summer if Watson is injured. We need to consolidate the batting.

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    You need a 5th bowler to bowl a decent amount of overs to take the load off Harris.
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    Yeh, probably. Kind of think it's a gamble we need to take at the moment though. Need to be able to rely on our four main bowlers to make our batting stronger, That's my opinion anyway.

    Smith capable of bowling a few overs, as are Warner and The Big Man.

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    The current lineup, with Pattinson in for Bird and Hughes in for Khawaja.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    The current lineup, with Pattinson in for Bird and Hughes in for Khawaja.
    This IMO is what I would run with. Perhaps Watson also being replaced by another form batsmen at 6 (Doolan, Burns, Maddinson etc).

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    watson has timed his injury hilariously well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Khawaja needs to do something significant, but I think he deserves his spot at #3 for a whole series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    watson has timed his injury hilariously well
    all part of the plan.
    The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    watson has timed his injury hilariously well
    I was on the phone with my dad when it happened and we both laughed and said it was a plan to remain in the side for the home ashes. If everyone is thinking it then it shows what people think of him.

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    Rogers, Clarke and Smith are locks for the batting. We need an opener, a 3 and a 4 by my count.

    Haddin has to keep or your throwing a debutant keeper (not Wade) into the highest profile series we have. Make it Haddins swan song and promote a keeper after but make sure they can actually catch.

    Harris, Siddle and Lyon locks with Patto, Bird and Starc up for the 3rd spot based on form/fitness.

    Rogers
    Hughes - yes opening
    Uzi - home pitches will suit him better
    Maddinson/Burns/Cosgrove - roll a dice
    Clarke - class, must be protected at 5
    Smith
    Haddin
    Harris
    Patto/Bird/Starc
    Siddle
    Lyon

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    Rogers
    Warner
    Hughes
    Twatto
    Clarke
    Smith
    Haddin
    Harris
    Bird/Pattinson (Depending on Pattinson's health, how likely is he to be fit? Stress fractures normally take a while to heal!)
    Siddle
    Lyon

    So basically, Khawaja out, Hughes back in, with Twatto batting 4 to allow Clarke to bat 5. Looks pretty strong to me.
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