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Faaip is spot on. Real shame though if we don't get to see more of Bird / Pattinson in the near future though.
Jimmy "Tax cuts" Peirson is your man then.People are letting their hate for Wade cloud their judgment on Nevill. He was ordinary when playing for Australia. And he should have steered NSW into that Shield final. I'm not convinced. Be nice to see a young keeper come up next summer. We need a QdK.
Him and Inglis I'm curious about, the former because his athleticism behind the stumps is kock-like and the latter because I'm surprised someone with a backswing that awful hasn't acquitted himself too badly (with the bat).Alex Carey could be on the list
1. Jimmy Peirson imoMany a question after that tour, curious to see other answers to this.
1. Wade or Nevill? Or Someone else?
-Wade will probably keep his spot, but really Nevill should be in there.
2. Lyon or O'Keefe?
Garry, and I'm not sure I can justify it beyond he's a more attacking option.
3. Maxwell retained?
Totally not sure over this, can't justify him as an all-rounder the way Smith is using him.
4. Is Shaun Marsh finally done?
Yes, please. I know he made a contribution or two, but really.
5. If we need a seam all-rounder who gets the call?
Moz, but my gut tells me Faulkner's bowling will be a greater asset than Moises' batting.
6. Will Warner's homesickness ever get too intolerable?
Probably not, can't argue with his bullying at home even if its utterly meaningless runs.
I am a huge fan of Starc's talent (let's face it, there havent been many express left-armers who swing it in history) but simply don't think he is as good as Cummins or PattoVery much doubt Starc (fitness permitting) is being dropped, nor do I think he should be. What's he done wrong exactly? Had a middling summer but wasn't terrible, some important, match-changing spells at different times, and his record over the last two years is almost identical to Hazlewood, who is quite rightly considered a lock by most.
That's 103 wickets @ 24.92, SR 43.91 in 22 tests for Starc and 109 wickets @ 25.06, SR 54.51 in 28 tests for Haze since the start of 2015. If you make the period shorter it tends to look better for Starc unless you just look at the last 3-4 tests. Throw in Starc's batting, which is 582 runs @ 21.56 with 5 50s in the same period, and his case is even stronger.
Obviously Pattinson is in the mix but I can't see the case for him replacing Starc at all. Clearly between him and Cummins for the third seamer spot, which also makes a really balanced pace attack.
I feel like if Australia tour Bangladesh (it's still not clear to me if this is actually happening, or when) they should go with basically the same team as India but give Khawaja a chance in the subcontinent for someone, at least if he's shown anything at all in the preparation time, in the nets etc.
If the Ashes were to start without any cricket between now and then, I'd go with:
And can't really see a strong case for any changes there. It's just overthinking things IMO. Marsh was a chance but I think his failure in the last test here probably means he'd need to play in Bangladesh and do very well to have a chance of being picked in the summer.
Pattinson obviously the next seamer in line, O'Keefe the spinner, batsman is a bit trickier because you've got some experienced backup but I can see them picking a young batsman instead if there was a vacancy. Cartwright, Lehmann, Patterson would all be a shot based on form.
Cummins is just so natural at bowling isn't he. I mean you can toss the ball and trust him to be right on the mark (may it be vicious bouncer or perfect outswinger) even after six months without cricketI am a huge fan of Starc's talent (let's face it, there havent been many express left-armers who swing it in history) but simply don't think he is as good as Cummins or Patto
IMO. Cummins is far more smart and skilled whilst Patto is just mean
Anyway, it's my belief that they will pick Starc for variety anyway so it's probably a moot point