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    Australia's Test Squad for England and West Indies

    I have it confirmed from my Jollimont sources that this squad will be the same squad for both tours and will be announced in the next two weeks

    Many discussion points:

    • We've had some Ashes heart-break stories down the years (Jones in 1993, Haydos in 1997) I wonder who will be this year's?
    • Ahmed must be a strong chance
    • Pattinson surely?
    • Burns on a knife-edge
    • Wade or Neville?
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    How many we taking?

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    I think it will be a monster squad of at least 17

    6 bats
    2 allarounders (mitch and watto)
    2 keepers
    2 spinners
    5 quicks

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    Be interesting to see what they do with the spinner; don't think they'd want Lyon and Ahmed normally (batting at 10 & 11), but then with Johnson/Harris at 8-9 it might be doable.

    Two spinners sets it up for Mitch Marsh because he's a better bowler than Watson now. It may even open up Faulkner to a spot.


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    Yeah I was thinking surely the only way Ahmed doesn't get the gig is if they pick agar for his batting. Should pick Ahmed anyway

    Nevill obv, but think they will pick Wade
    Voges should be picked, Burns and Marsh reserve batsman probs
    Don't think pattinson should be picked tbh
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    All the fast bowling options bar Haze (Johnson, Harris, Starc, Pattinson.. even Siddle to an extent) being decent bats will mean they pick Fawad IMO.
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    My extended squad of 22:

    1. Rogers
    2. Warner
    3. Burns
    4. Smith
    5. Clarke
    6. Marsh
    7. Voges
    8. Watson
    9. Marsh
    10. Maxwell
    11. Haddin
    12. Nevill
    13. Faulkner
    14. Johnson
    15. Harris
    16. Starc
    17. Hazlewood
    18. Siddle
    19. Bollinger
    20. Coulter-Nile
    21. Lyon
    22. Ahmed

    2 batsman to be omitted. 2 bowlers to be omitted. From that, I'd be leaving Maxwell, Smarsh and Coulter-Nile behind, with Dougeh replacing Harris (since IIRC Harris is out of the WI tour). For the Ashes, send the worst performer out of Dougeh and Siddle home to make room for the returning Ryno.

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    Serious point, what are the chances of them perhaps cutting the squad for England to 16 and letting a fringe player like Marsh or Maxwell play county cricket so they are there to be called up if needed?

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    Bird has to be in the running.

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    Need to have an eye to the future

    Harris/Johnson/Haddin
    Rogers/Clarke/Watson

    Siddle/Voges/Ahmed

    will probably be playing their last ashes series.

    Would this influence the selectors ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwinter View Post
    Bird has to be in the running.
    does he? wasnt really that impressive in 2013 and wasnt that impressive this season

    i forgot about maxwell. he'll be in there somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwinter View Post
    Need to have an eye to the future

    Harris/Johnson/Haddin
    Rogers/Clarke/Watson

    Siddle/Voges/Ahmed

    will probably be playing their last ashes series.

    Would this influence the selectors ?
    I don't see why it would. The next Ashes will be at home so having a slightly less experienced side isn't going to be as big of a problem compared to an away Ashes. There will also be quite a bit of cricket in between to bed down their replacements. Not to mention that a number of the fringe batsmen and bowlers still aren't really there yet anyway (Lynn and Maddinson probably need at least another good half of a shield season while Pattinson and Bird still have the same injury questions that have hampered their careers).

    Anyway (and I posted this in the other thread) I'd be looking at something like the below for the WI Tour.

    Warner
    Rogers
    Smith
    Voges
    Clarke*
    Watson\M Marsh
    Haddin+
    Johnson
    Starc/Pattinson (fitness)/Ahmed (second spinner)
    Hazlewood
    Lyon

    Burns (Reserve bat)
    Neville (Reserve Keeper)
    Pattinson (Reserve Pace Bowler if fit) otherwise Siddle
    Ahmed (Second spinner)
    Watson\M Marsh (Reserve all rounder depending on who is picked as the primary A/R)

    Probably harsh on Shaun Marsh but I've never been a fan and Voges form and experience can't really be ignored IMO. Could easily dump the reserve Pacer and All Rounder from the squad if you wanted to cut down on the number of passengers.

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    Wonder if CA are still bitter about Voges punting that ODI series to get hitched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    Wonder if CA are still bitter about Voges punting that ODI series to get hitched.
    Would any of the current selectors have been around when that happened?

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    The panel is all different but there could be some ill-will by the board etc. i guess.

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