The future of Australian cricket
Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Gautam Gambhir (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)
A lot has been said about the current Australian cricket team, so let’s look at what the future of Australian holds.
This looks like a likely eleven in several years time.
1. Sam Robson
There has been a lot of debate about who he will play for, but as he is not yet eligible to play for England, so I’ll say he will play for Australia. Robson has shown his talent over the last few county seasons and is a great prospect for world cricket.
2. Jordan Silk
Jordan might have only played three games last year, but those resulted in two centuries. One of these centuries was in the shield final where he showed composure and technique to make a 300+ ball hundred, and almost single handedly won Tasmania the final.
3. Nic Maddinson
Nic has been playing for NSW for a couple of years now. He has shown talent and potential to become one of the best batsmen in the years to come. Although only averaging in the mid 30s he has places to go and time to improve and mature.
4. Joe Burns
Joe has played the last few seasons for Queensland. Joe has averaged just above 40 at first class level, which is impressive for someone who is 23. Joe has made five centuries from 28 matches, which is impressive compared to some players in the Australian squad at the moment.
5. Chris Lynn
Chris plays for Queensland in the Shield and holds a reasonable first class record with 20 matches with an average of 36.
Chris has been through the Queensland Academy of Sport.
Chris became the fourth youngest Queenslander to score a century when he made 139 in his second shield game.
I think if Chris can control his off-field behaviour he will be a key part of future Aussie teams.
6. Travis Head
Travis is a young South Australian batsman who hasn’t made a name for him in the Shield, but has shown great technique and is someone who I think will be the best batsman in this top six in the coming years.
7. Peter Handscomb (wk)
Peter has shown wicket-keeping skill along with skill with the bat. Playing for Victoria Handscomb has pouched 30 catches along with three stumpings in 16 games. I believe Peter has the capabilities and talent to earn a baggy green and hold on to it for years to come.
8. Mitchell Starc
Mitchell is an exciting bowler. He has played a few Tests for Australia but only has shown glimpses of his true talent. He has been accused of leaking runs when the ball isn’t doing much, but discipline comes with age and he will only improves as he gets older.
I think Mitchell has the potential to become the most deadly bowler in the world because of his hooping inswing; control will be the key to his success.
9. James Pattinson
James has already made a name for himself as Australia’s best fast bowler. James bowls at 145+ with a hint of outswing. James also has the aggression all fast bowlers need. I believe in a few years time James will be one of the best bowlers in the world.
10. Gurinder Sandhu
Gurinder played two Shield games late last year and had an immediate impact with the ball. He took 14 wickets at 11.
Gurinder is only 19 and relatively new to first class cricket but could be a part of the Australian side for years to come.
11. Ashton Agar
Ashton is a young Western Australian left arm off spinner. Ashton has only played the six first-class matches but has impressed with 22 wickets.
He went over to India to experience the conditions and to gain invaluable experience. I think Ashton will be Australia’s front line spinner in years to come.