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    ...but most of the team is young.

    The XI from the first T20:

    Edwards (35)
    Winfield (25)
    Taylor (26)
    Sciver (23)
    Brunt (30)
    Knight (24)
    Greenway (30)
    Wyatt (24)
    Hazell (27)
    Shrubsole (23)
    Gunn (29)


    So of those, only Edwards, Greenway, Brunt and Gunn are anywhere near retirement age, and they're still pretty strong performers for England. Not to mention there aren't huge numbers of high-class replacements sitting in domestic cricket (at least not as far as I'm aware) -- the newer additions to the English set-up haven't quite taken their chances fully, either. The team just looks old because everyone debuted in their teens!

    Izzy Westbury has been pretty critical of the domestic structure in a bit of her writing recently, and I can't help but feel that's the place for reform; I don't think England needs a full clean-out of the top side, rather the players need some more competition to keep them accountable to that top level of performance.

    Plus, this Australian team is a) good and b) backed by a pretty strong domestic structure.
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    Wyatt was only playing in the t20 wasn't she, look it's just a time to move on, Edwards is a great sevant but she's not getting any better, it's just needed for a few refreshibg changes, admittedly Greenaway and Brunt are top performers and they're the only others in their 30s, so maybe evolution rather than revolution.
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    its a blowout, but 10.30 start on Bank Holiday for a t20?

    Well done.

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    I'm not meaning a total overhaul, but I'm counting six in the squad who've been around for about 10 years or so. It's some greats amongst them. Its just a thought. To lose, at home, the selectors may make a few changes.
    Flip side of that is that Brunt and Greenway are the only ones averaging over 30 this series
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    Looks like the Aus top order have been taking batting lessons from the mens middle order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schearzie View Post
    I'm not meaning a total overhaul, but I'm counting six in the squad who've been around for about 10 years or so. It's some greats amongst them. Its just a thought. To lose, at home, the selectors may make a few changes.
    Flip side of that is that Brunt and Greenway are the only ones averaging over 30 this series
    Yeah, but it's indicative of the structures in place more so than the talent of the players. There's no point dropping someone if there's nobody good enough to take their place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Yeah, but it's indicative of the structures in place more so than the talent of the players. There's no point dropping someone if there's nobody good enough to take their place!
    True and sounds the same as so many other teams in world cricket.

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