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We’re two Test matches into the Ashes and we have started to see an idea of the form that the players from both sides are in.

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Australia’s batting is its major shortcoming in Tests, so it makes no sense to further weaken the top six by selecting tried-and-failed all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes Test this week.

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There’s an unwritten rule among Australian cricket selectors – only the chairman explains to the media once a team has been released.

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Even with Australia leading 2-0 in the series, I always find it interesting how we always want to change a winning side.

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Don’t be surprised if fit-again allrounder Mitch Marsh buys WACA curator Matt Page a carton of his favourite drink this week.

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Here we go again… It seems the selectors just can’t look past any option to select a Marsh in the Test team.

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Round five of this year’s Sheffield Shield wound to completion on Wednesday, and with it comes the ‘Big Gap’, as the Shield takes a break until February to make way for the Big Bash.

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The Aussies have been strong for most of the Ashes so far, with their biggest failure being the second dig of the day-night Test at Adelaide – the 138 runs scored being the lowest innings score of the series.

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Australia’s selection showdown could be settled by the WACA wicket, with Mitch Marsh in the box seat to be recalled if the curator fails to wind the clock back for the famed venue’s final Ashes Test.

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We have a bit of a break before we head to Perth for the third Test and England will be ruing a missed opportunity after having a chance to win on the last day in Adelaide.

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Australian quick Mitchell Starc is never likely to become a consistent Test bowler no matter how many times his many critics harp on the point. But he doesn’t need to be consistent, as we’ve witnessed in this Ashes.

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Never in doubt, right?

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In the day-night Test, Adelaide briefly teetered towards amazing before settling for adequate as Australia took a 2-0 lead in the Ashes.

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Australia have wrapped up the second Ashes Test at lightning pace on Wednesday afternoon, claiming the final six English wickets before the tea break to win by 120 runs.

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Match Results: Australia have gone up 2-0 in the Ashes, claiming a 120-run victory over England after picking up six wickets before Tea on Day 5.

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Well, who saw this coming? Australia’s grip on a two-nothing lead in the Ashes has disappeared in a heartbeat, the second Test now coming down to the wire at the Adelaide Oval and an intense final day of play ahead.

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One day remains in the second Ashes Test and Australia’s position is suddenly looking a lot less secure. Here are all the key points from Day 4.

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Peter Handscomb’s Test spot could be under threat after he played a torturous innings yesterday, as England fought back on Day 4 of the second Ashes Test.

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Steve Smith wasted both reviews and dropped a catch as Joe Root gave England hope of pulling off a record run-chase of 354 in the pink-ball Ashes Test, piloting his side to 4-176 at stumps on day four at Adelaide Oval.

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Day 4 of the second Ashes Test could prove critical as England desperately fight to get back into the series and Australia aim to hammer another nail into the coffin. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2pm (AEDT).

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