Adam Zampa, the Marsh brothers and Forkers Faulkner are all locks IMO.
I'm not sure that they'll feel a 17 man squad is covering enough bases.
Boof''s message to Faulkner was "go back and make 100s and take wickets'. No assurances contained there.
Having inherited Arthur's Ashes squad in the 11th hour Boof only had so many options. It will be interesting to see how he goes about things now he has the chance to put his own signature on the team.
A return to 6-4-1 would be a start but I won't hold my breath. If fit Watson can bowl so number 6 should be a batsman.
Agreed but recent history shows the selectors want an all rounder in the team. When Watson isn't fit or they don't want to risk him is when we see Faulkner/Henriques/Maxwell etc.
Faulkner playing at the Gabba probably is down to how Watson feels rather than Faulkner being a better option than a specialist batter.
I'd be extremely surprised if they only play 5 batsmen again at the Gabba.
The Aussie team for the first test (In my opinion) should be as follows :-
Faulkner isn't test material. Haddin at 6 isn't smart. Gilly didn't bat that high yet with a weaker batting lineup you want the keeper at 6?
Whats wrong with him at 6, you not exactly get wall to wall talent of batsman its not like it was 10-15 years ago
Also Patto's not going to e fit for the Gabba.
I would put Hughes at 3 and Watson at 6 ftr.
I still think Watson's a **** ****, but I can see how he's useful in terms of team balance.
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