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    Quote Originally Posted by BSM View Post
    Tbh I'm sort of opposed to Roy opening but at the same time there are probably positives for it in the context of or pretty dire opener situation. That he is already an established England player is something you'd imagine would help him in the transition. Got to be less daunting than going from county cricket to international level anyway.

    I think he has runs near the top of the order as well. I think he was batting 3 last year for Surrey and scored runs (a century in the last game of the season I think?) The way I see it, there are probably worse options.

    Archer is a much more straightforward pick imo. One of the few examples where a player being foremost heralded for his skill in limited overs cricket to actually be a justifiable selection based on first-class stats. Low 20s average with the ball and low 30s with the bat. Mostly done in Div 2 but we know he is quality.

    Don't think Wood will make it unfortunately, but our alternate choices aren't bad really. Woakes is op in England so its likely he'd get in ahead of Wood and S Curran anyway. It's our batting that is the major worry really and what leads me to believe that Australia have a decent chance this summer
    Both sides batting is their weak spot.

    Australia have Smith and Warner back yes, but other than those two we have an opener who is untested in England (and we don't even know which opener that will be at this stage). Khawaja is decent but is a bit of a HTB. Then we have a 5 and 6 of Head and Patterson, both of which have not played a test in England. Paine's batting is likely to revert to the mean at some point also. Australia's bowling attack is potentially very strong if Cummins survives the world cup without injury (Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood and Pattinson all being available is unlikely but would give the selectors some pleasantly difficult choices).

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    Yes both sides bowling is a lot better than their batting.

    However I think Australia probably have an advantage in batting. Warner is clearly the best opener in both sides and Khawaja is an advantage at number 3. Smith is the best batsman in the two sides, Root is not quite at his level.

    England do not have an established opener or a number 3, I do not rate Butler at 5 and Stokes is not really specialist batsman quality either if he bats 6. It is going to be very tough to almost build a complete batting lineup for the Ashes.

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    With the first A game on Thursday, do Aus have enough players to field a side?
    With Turner electing shoulder surgery and K Richardson and Mmarsh currently with the WC squad, there are only 11 players left in the squad.

    Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Will Pucovski, Peter Handscomb, D'Arcy Short, Kurtis Patterson, Ashton Agar, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott

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    Mitch marsh could be brought in if things are desperate. He's over there now not as a part of a squad. Also there's Pattinson and Siddle over there playing county.


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    M Marsh is part of both A squads but is currently WC cover for Stoinis. Pattinson is already in A squad mentioned above.

    Siddle and Labuschagne likely additions if needed

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    Btw, how does Pucovski get a gig in the one day squad? He has played only 4 List A games with 30 runs @ 7.50, SR 48

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