Want to win the Ashes? Firstly, don’t play Ed Cowan. He is not good enough.
He is technically good but plays very slow. While there is benefit to playing slow, just look at Alastair Cook, the difference is that Cook scores big hundreds and Cowan does not.
Shane Watson should open with Chris Rogers. Watson has done his best when he has opened, and he is a naturally attacking player which will maintain the run rate.
Also, Watson is the best bowler with the old ball. He gets great reverse swing so I think he could be lethal and give the English a real hard time with both bat and ball.
As for Rogers, his stats speak for themselves.
Michael Clarke should play at 3. He is the best Test batsman in the world right now, without a doubt. He is great at counter attaching, so in case a wicket falls early, Clarke can come and bring the attack.
Either Phil Hughes or Usman Kjawaja should play at 4. We have few options there, but one of these will have to do.
Dave Warner should come in at 5. He is an attacking player and can score quickly. He should not open because he does not have a good technique against the moving ball. But he can be the new Gilly at 5.
Brad Haddin must play 6. He is better than Wade.
Next up, the bowlers. This is our only shot of winning.
Mitch Starc at 7. He is a bowling allrounder, who has a good technique and can score fast.
As a bowler, English conditions will suit him and he can provide some quick wickets at the top. He can swing the bowl back to the right handers.
He can be our trump card.
Peter Siddle at 8. He has one of the best defences in the team. He can play against pacers, spinners with same conviction.
As a bowler he should be used as a run stopper. He has a great bouncer which can be a lethal weapon against the tail. He is a work horse and I think he will bowl most overs among the pacers.
James Pattinson at 9. He is our best bowler and a genuine wicket taker.
Clarke uses him in short spells due to injury concerns.
If he gets injured in the middle of the series it will be a huge blow to our chances of winning.
Rounding out the 11 are Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird.
I am pretty sure this team can beat the English. They are at least our best chance.