How can we win the Ashes?

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    Are players like Ed Cowan a thing of the past? (AAP Image/Julian Smith).

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    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.

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    • May 25th 2013 @ 7:52am
      Mitcher said | May 25th 2013 @ 7:52am | ! Report

      I love Starcs work with the bat but that batting is far too thin with Haddin at 6.
      I agree Watson should be very handy with the ball. In which case there’s serious overkill on the pace front there with 5 front liners and Watson.
      Definitely need a spinner for some variety.
      That said, it’s easy to criticise, but I’ve been trying to work out the 11 I’d take in and it’s no easy task!

    • May 25th 2013 @ 7:55am
      cuzza said | May 25th 2013 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      Not bad, but Starc as a bowling all/ rounder? If he could take wickets maybe. I think our bowling is okay if Siddle, Pattindon, Harris and Lyon can get on the park together. This gives us variety in a genuine quick, a swing bowler, a bowler who hits the deck hard and an economical spinner.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 8:10am
      Praveen said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Don’t mind your suggestion for openers but khawaja is a must at 4 and we must have 6 batsman with Haddin at 7, our batting has been out weakness and we can’t continue to weaken it with batting our keeper at 6 given Watson is bowling

    • May 25th 2013 @ 8:34am
      Jayden said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:34am | ! Report

      I’m sorry but clarke cant play a swinging ball to save his life, moving him tk three would be suicide

      Cowan averages more than Watson, which speaks volumes


      That’s how we should line up. Tests are five days, why do we need to be hitting 5+ runs an over from the get go?

      • May 25th 2013 @ 8:39am
        Jayden said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:39am | ! Report

        Id say if we want an opener, tempt Robson, or see how Jacques is going. If heseligible

        • May 26th 2013 @ 6:40pm
          Bearfax said | May 26th 2013 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

          Jacques retired from first class cricket in Australia and is playing county cricket in England. He is going OK but not great.

      • May 25th 2013 @ 8:40am
        cuzza said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:40am | ! Report

        Wow, Clarke can’t play a swinging ball yet Hughes is at three, who can’t play a swinging or short ball. (Not sure he can play a spinning ball either).
        It also saddens me that our options for a keeper batsman are wade and haddin.

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          May 25th 2013 @ 8:52am
          josh said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:52am | ! Report

          Pretty sure Hughes went ok last County season.

          • May 25th 2013 @ 9:14am
            Jayden said | May 25th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

            His stats read last season in England as


            County- 40.7
            One dayer- 112.5

            Not to mentiom he scored a century against Sri Lanka durimg the one day series against the swinging ball as well.

            Khawaja at 3 then and shift hughes into 4?

        • May 26th 2013 @ 1:07pm
          Tasman said | May 26th 2013 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

          who would you have instead of Hughes then? thats all we have?

    • May 25th 2013 @ 9:43am
      cuzza said | May 25th 2013 @ 9:43am | ! Report

      Aaagh, very compelling stats, a quality season in second rate county cricket and a century against second rate attack in a 50 over game. Good to mention 20/20 stats too because they are also so relevant.
      This bloke is a flat track bully, but the worse thing is how he keeps coming out in the media and saying how he has improved and is ready for test cricket, yet his stats continue to say he isn’t.

      • May 25th 2013 @ 10:08am
        Jayden said | May 25th 2013 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        If county is second rate, pray tell qhat shield is exactly?

        Im.more than willing ti concede their league is better than ours, and half the players are getting picked on 20/20 form regardless

        Maxwell, Watson, Marsh, Doherty for example?

        The man has improved, how much though is yet to be seen.

        • May 25th 2013 @ 12:14pm
          Praveen said | May 25th 2013 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

          As much as I like Hughes fighting ability he got out cheaply in all the games against Sri Lanka where the ball swing ir Syd, Adelaide and Brisbane

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          May 26th 2013 @ 10:32am
          The Bush said | May 26th 2013 @ 10:32am | ! Report

          He means second division County Cricket.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 10:21am
      cuzza said | May 25th 2013 @ 10:21am | ! Report

      I could not agree with you more about blokes being picked on 20/20 form. How a slogfest relates to test cricket is beyond me. Just as bad is bowlers who get picked for test cricket because they can swing a white ball in humid conditions under lights, eg Bollimger and Starc, but can’t swing a red ball during the day.

      I also agree with you that shield cricket is rubbish and it is a concern that blokes are not making a 1000 runs a season.

      • May 25th 2013 @ 10:44am
        Jayden said | May 25th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        Im not sure if it indicates the quality of bowling is good, or the standard of batsmen is getting worse and worse.

        Im inclined to pick the latter there.

        I agree about Starc and Bollinger as well, perhaps Johnson should have been picked. I ony hope Starc isnt favored by the selectors like last year when khawaja was overlooked because of the promise they gave him.

        The only real issue with the team is Cowan vs Watson and our keepers

        The rest of the side is fairly selfexplanatory, in my opinion

        Its not the best side ever, but its the best we have at the moment.