Selectors to pick Ashes XI on Wednesday

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    The fate of Australia’s Ashes aspirants will be decided when selectors meet on Wednesday, with Matthew Renshaw’s achievements in the baggy green likely to help him hold onto a spot in the XI.

    Coach Darren Lehmann and captain Steve Smith made it clear a long time ago that two spots were up for grabs ahead of the five-Test series against England.

    Hilton Cartwright and Glenn Maxwell loom as frontrunners in an open field for No.6, while former keeper Peter Nevill is expected to be recalled at the expense of Matthew Wade.

    Uncertainty has also spread to the top of the order in recent weeks, with speculation growing that incumbent opener Renshaw faces the axe.

    Monday’s knock of 16 means Renshaw has tallied 69 runs from five digs for Queensland in the current Sheffield Shield season.

    The left-hander is far from an automatic selection.

    However, Mark Waugh reaffirmed on Monday the selection panel will not forgot Renshaw’s seamless transition to the highest level.

    Renshaw made his Test debut after playing just 12 first-class games. He impressed last summer, averaging 63 from four home Tests, while no Australian has scored more Test runs prior to their 21st birthday.

    “Like everybody he would have liked more runs so far in the season we’ve had here but we know what he can do,” Waugh told reporters at Triple M’s season launch in Sydney.

    “He’s obviously got a good chance of playing … I don’t think there’s any cricketer who hasn’t been under pressure at some stage.

    “His record for Australia is very good.

    “He’s batted in some tough conditions in India and played well, and played well last summer.

    “You’re going to go through these low periods, so Matt has just got to handle that and I’m sure he’s good enough to do the job.”

    Waugh is nominally Australia’s Twenty20 selector – and his view of Renshaw could yet be challenged by chairman Trevor Hohns or fellow selectors Greg Chappell and Lehmann during Wednesday’s meeting in Brisbane.

    But in Renshaw’s favour is the absence of challengers demanding a call-up. None of the other candidates have excelled throughout the opening three Shield rounds.

    “No.6 or No.7 … there’s – not question marks – but probably a few more options,” Waugh admitted.

    Waugh dismissed Ricky Ponting’s suggestion that Cartwright had already been picked, but admitted the national search for a game-breaking allrounder continues to prove fruitless.

    “There’s no real outstanding allrounder around at the moment. Marcus Stoinis is probably the closest to a batsman who could probably get you three or four wickets,” Waugh said.

    “The other guys are batsmen who bowl. That’s what we’ve got in front of us, so that’s what we’ve got to pick from.

    “In the ideal world you’d love an allrounder at six who bats and bowls, who can score a hundred and take five wickets like Ben Stokes.”

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    • November 13th 2017 @ 7:02pm
      Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 7:02pm | ! Report

      Selection discussion has concentrated on whether Maxwell and Wade will retain their spots. Renshaw has had a barren run too. Perhaps he needs time in the Sheffield Shield to regain confidence and form.

      Cameron Bancroft has scored the second most runs this season in the Shield. He has scored 290 runs from 5 innings at 96.67, a touch behind Usman’s 295 from 5 at 98.33 and in front of Steve Smith’s 259 at 51.8 from 5.* Matt Renshaw’s subdued start has yielded 69 from 5 at 13.8. Matt’s strike rate is ponderous at 25.4 c.f Cameron’s SR of 49.39: These figures alone support Cameron’s selection as an opening batsman.

      Cameron is also keeper for WA However he has only had 3 dismissals in 2 innings compared to Peter Nevill’s 11 in 5. Matt Wade has 6 in 5. Peter should keep for Australia based on the number of dismissals. Of course Matthew W and peter’s batting needs to be compared. PN has scored 63 from 3 at 31.5, SR 36.84; MW has 38 from 5 at 7.6, SR 25.67.

      If the selectors are using recent form in the Shield as a guide and including batting as part of the wicketkeeper selection criteria, then surely Peter Nevill is selected.

      Three other batsmen average over 50: CJ Ferguson 222 at 74 of 4, High Score of 182; JS Lehman 212 at 53 of 4, HS 103; and MS 200 at 50 of 4, HS 103. A large proportion of runs for each of these batsmen comes from one innings.

      Maxwell appears safe although his 2017-18 Shield returns are modest at 155 of 5 at 31, SR 65.12; and most of his runs (124) are from one match. Maxwell’s incumbency, experience and fielding should see him selected.

      So my suggestions to the selectors would be to replace Renshaw and Wade with Bancroft and Nevill; and to leave Maxwell at 6.

      * These figures are from ESPN Cricinfo @ 6.30pm AEDT 13 November 2017.

      • November 13th 2017 @ 9:16pm
        Ben said | November 13th 2017 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

        If Bancroft would open we would have a left and right combination.
        Hopefully this would be our team:
        Warner
        Bancroft
        Khawaja
        Smith
        Handscomb
        Maxwell
        Nevill
        Starc
        Hazelwood
        Cummins
        Lyon
        12th man bird

      • November 13th 2017 @ 9:46pm
        Scorching said | November 13th 2017 @ 9:46pm | ! Report

        Sorry… you cant take dismissals for a keeper into account IMHO as a raw figure… Nevill may have had more dismissals but the chances are generated by the bowlers, not the keeper. You need an efficiency figure even if it is difficult to quantify

        • November 13th 2017 @ 11:49pm
          Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

          Of course statistics only tell part of the story. You suggest that Nevill’s relative success is due to keeping to bowlers who provide more chances. We can compare Nevill and Wade’s keeping abilities to presumably the same bowlers simply be looking at their Test keeping records.

          Wade has 74 dismissals in 42 innings across 22 Tests for a dismissals per innings rate of 1.761. He has scored 886 runs at 28.58 in Tests. His first class batting record is 5219 runs at 36.75
          Nevill has 63 dismissals in 31 innings across 17 Tests for a dismissals per innings rate of 2.032.
          Wade has scored 886 runs at 28.58 in Tests. His first class batting record is 5219 runs at 36.75
          Nevill has scored 468 runs at 22.68 in Tests. His first class batting record is 4327 runs at 46.6

    • November 13th 2017 @ 7:47pm
      13th Man said | November 13th 2017 @ 7:47pm | ! Report

      Bancroft has to be picked now surely???

    • November 13th 2017 @ 7:49pm
      Damo said | November 13th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

      Bancroft now made his ton today. I really don’t care if the keeper is Nevill or Bancroft, it just can’t be Wade.
      At what point does Bancroft become an option purely for openning??

      • November 13th 2017 @ 8:04pm
        Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

        CB is now averaging 100+ and is pressing for selection no matter the form of the other batsmen Other than Smith and UK, the returns from the Aus top 5 are fairly modest; Warner 151 @31.5; Hanscombe 144@28.8. I would say he has made it solely as a batsman.

        The Ashes is no place for Matt Renshaw to regain form. Every great bat gets dropped early in his career to regain form…Bradman, Waugh, Hughes,

    • November 13th 2017 @ 8:02pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:02pm | ! Report

      You make a good point about Maxwell’s fielding. He is fast in the field and has a good arm.
      I think,despite home state bias,that Hilton needs to press his case a little harder to be sure of a spot
      But could you imagine dropping Bancroft in at 6? He’s on 118 now,having batted all day and just whacked a four off the new ball.He and Turner have just pushed the run rate above four again

      • November 13th 2017 @ 8:12pm
        Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:12pm | ! Report

        Bancroft’s future may be at 6. It is a big ask to keep and then open the innings

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      November 13th 2017 @ 8:03pm
      Rellum said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:03pm | ! Report

      I am going out on a limb and say Bancroft to open and keep in the 1st Test, heard it here first!!

      • November 13th 2017 @ 8:08pm
        Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

        I thought about that but I am not sure if Bancroft’s 2017-18 Shield keeping record justifies his selection as a keeper. It does open the exciting possibility of playing a 7th bat or Stoinis as all rounder. Of course Bancroft, Hanscomb and Nevill give us 3 WKs.

        • Roar Guru

          November 13th 2017 @ 8:30pm
          Rellum said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:30pm | ! Report

          I am not serious……..unless it actually happens, then I will say I picked it.

          • November 13th 2017 @ 8:33pm
            Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:33pm | ! Report

            I’m blushing, my initial thought was to select CB to open and keep. Of course if we bat first and once only, it would be a Rellum masterstroke.

    • November 13th 2017 @ 8:29pm
      Stuart Bywater said | November 13th 2017 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      Bancroft scored 76 n.o. and 86 against the Australian attack when playing NSW in the most recent Shield match.

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