The future of Australian cricket

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    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.

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    • Roar Guru

      May 30th 2013 @ 6:08am
      Tim Holt said | May 30th 2013 @ 6:08am | ! Report

      I think Marcus Harris is the next big thing in Aussie batting, but is a few years off. Also, you overlooked Alex Doolan, who looks very good.

      From a bowling point of view we need a spinner, and I still have high hopes Cam Boyce can make the grade after him looking so good in the latter stages of the Shield a few years back

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 8:46am
        nick richardson said | May 30th 2013 @ 8:46am | ! Report

        Ashton Agar is in my list. He will hopefully develope into a great bowler.

      • Roar Rookie

        May 30th 2013 @ 10:31am
        ShmaxShmillas said | May 30th 2013 @ 10:31am | ! Report

        Cam Boyce is only touted because he is the only serious leg spinner in our first class competition (valid for Australian selection, no disrespect old mate Afghan), we seriously haven’t seen anything he has to offer and with an average of 46.45, it’s looking increasingly unlikely he’ll go on for further honors. He struggles for a game as Queensland would rather opt for second class offspin pies from the batsmen. This kid needs a decent go for a full season. He needs a captain that will back him and sadly that won’t happen in Queensland and especially on pitches that are not conducive to spin.

        • Roar Guru

          May 30th 2013 @ 11:00am
          Tim Holt said | May 30th 2013 @ 11:00am | ! Report

          I disagree Shmax, in the 2010 Shield, in the latter games Boyce looked very good indeed. And that young NSW leggie Zampa looks promising too

          But agree he needs to move from QLD, where Hauritz’s pie throwing seems to have taken precedence

          • May 30th 2013 @ 11:25am
            Nudge said | May 30th 2013 @ 11:25am | ! Report

            Cameron Boyce with an average of nearly 50 in 3 years playing on warneys favourite ground. Your in dreamland again

    • Roar Guru

      May 30th 2013 @ 6:24am
      nick richardson said | May 30th 2013 @ 6:24am | ! Report

      Doolan iss a good player but at 27 he doesn’t fit into this team.. I haven’t seen much of Marcus Harris and Cam Boyce so i won’t make a judgement on them.

      • Roar Guru

        May 31st 2013 @ 12:53pm
        Simon said | May 31st 2013 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

        CA seemingly disagree with you, mate. Doolan has played for Australia A in both first-class and List-A, was included in the Prime Ministers 11 and is currently in England with the A squad. Whether he will get a baggy green is another story, but he is in the “system” persay.

    • May 30th 2013 @ 8:15am
      Praveen said | May 30th 2013 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      I think the focus here is guys under 25 which is why Highes and Khawaja are not there, out of your list I think another one to watch out for is mitch marsh

    • Roar Guru

      May 30th 2013 @ 8:32am
      JGK said | May 30th 2013 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Silk and Burns are exciting. Hopefully they can reel off a couple of big Shield seasons in the next couple of years to justify the hype.

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 8:43am
        nick richardson said | May 30th 2013 @ 8:43am | ! Report

        Silk is still very much an unknown but that shield century was one of the most disiplined innings i have seen in years.

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 6:35pm
        TheGenuineTailender said | May 30th 2013 @ 6:35pm | ! Report

        Couldn’t agree more on those two. They’re my two biggest batting hopes. Along with Mitchell Marsh

        • Roar Guru

          May 30th 2013 @ 6:57pm
          JGK said | May 30th 2013 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

          Sorry, I don’t see Marsh as a long term consistent run scorer in Tests. He doesn’t even have a FC ton yet.

          He should be one of the first picked in the T20 and maybe even the ODI sides though.

    • May 30th 2013 @ 8:57am
      Max said | May 30th 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      Good list but you’re missing Mitch Marsh and Patty Cummins, plus Warner should still be around

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 9:27am
        nick richardson said | May 30th 2013 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Pat cummins has been changing his action and it is still unknown what the outcome will be

      • May 30th 2013 @ 11:35am
        jameswm said | May 30th 2013 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Warner, Hughes and Khawaja are all 26. Still have a lot of good cricket in them.

        Cummins, Sandhu, Starc, Pattinson, lots of good young quicks around.

    • May 30th 2013 @ 9:08am
      Pope Paul VII said | May 30th 2013 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      Sam Robson’s comments indicate he’s going to stick with the English.

      Burns looks very good. Would love to see the planets align to give Cossie a bash.

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 9:14am
        nick richardson said | May 30th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

        Cossie has about chance of a run as Khawaja does a extended run in the team, which is basicly none.

      • Roar Guru

        May 30th 2013 @ 9:27am
        Tim Holt said | May 30th 2013 @ 9:27am | ! Report

        Agree pope on Fatty Cosgrove, he would have done ok in tests

        • May 30th 2013 @ 11:57am
          Silver_Sovereign said | May 30th 2013 @ 11:57am | ! Report

          cosgrove is one of our most talented batsmen. Still only late 20s, has played well in ODIs and is very experienced at county level. Plus has a proven first class average of around 43-45 from many seasons. I think with someone like Ponting on him or another tough mentor he could get in passable shape and would perform well at test level as he is an old fashioned cricketer capable of long digs

          • Roar Guru

            May 31st 2013 @ 12:55pm
            Simon said | May 31st 2013 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

            As a Glamorgan fan, I could not agree more on Cosgrove. A run-machine who should have played more at international level. Too late for him now though.

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