It's not like England have a settled top 6 either.
Cook chooses himself, but even KP has a few lingering doubts regarding the unpleasantness. Bell and Trott are givens but both needed the tons in the 4th in India to nail things down.
Compton has done enough for another go, but doesn't look a player for the ages and, impressive as Root's debut was, it was just that.
Still, fair bit of cricket for both sides before things get warm.
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Barring injury or some ****, fairly sure the top seven for India will be
Watson+Clarke (in some order)
I simply do not think that, given that we have to find three long-term middle order bats right now, that experimenting with Maxwell is a good idea in the slightest. Khawaja, then Doolan IMO if he continues to score a few in the second half of the Shield season. Quiney looks in pretty rubbish nick now, so we can forget him.
Whether that remains the top six will have a lot to do with the Indian bowling which, as we all know, is a bit ****. So a decent possibility that that's the top six going into the Ashes - barring injury, of course.
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See for me Khawaja at 6 is going to be pretty frustrating. He is known for his inability to rotate the strike so I think its probably the worst position in the order to have someone with that trait. At least if he was at 3 or 4 he'd at least be taking the shine of the new ball. I hope he bats 4 at the SCG.
Also, if Watson stops bowling, none of the batsman will be bowling any seam up - Wade will have to bowl from time to time.
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Honestly though I can't see it happening, the experience that he would provide would come in handy though IMO.
Siddle is a chance of becoming vice captain IMO.
Yeah Hughes could potentially make six his own, but there really isn't any good reason to drop him further down the order just to bring a top order bat - Usman will just have to learn how to rotate the strike a bit more if he is the chosen one or someone else will be given the opportunity.
man, it was bad when it was 3/40 and Clare & Hussey had to guide us to 3/400, but geez next Ashes i can see the 5th test in my mind- 5 tests and every single one being 3/40 then all out 200.
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