Ireland’s Paul Stirling and captain Andy Balbirnie struck superb centuries as the tourists chased down a daunting target of 329 to stun world champions England with a seven-wicket win in the third and final ODI at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.
The Ashes are done after Australia, with their whirlwind batting, explosive bowling and ton of aggression, blew away the poor Poms. Though the series has still two Tests to go, you cannot but help think about the South Africa tour.
This is going to be a tough tour against the current world number one side and a perfect chance to return the favour for the unlucky 1-0 series defeat last time at home.
While I believe that succeed or fail, the current Australian top six is here to stay for a series or two, it is interesting guessing how the squad will be composed going for South Africa.
Most likely it will be seven batsman, two keepers, five quicks and one spinner, making it a 15-man touring party.
If that is the case , it will be very interesting to see who the reserve batsman on that tour is going to be.
Three batsmen appear to be top contenders:
He along with George Bailey was discussed at the Ashes squad selection meeting. Since then his Shield form has cooled off a bit.
But one thing in his favour is the big ton he made against Steyn and co last year in the tour game.
For the last 3-4 years has been touted as the ‘next in line’. Will they grant him another chance?
Perhaps the most in-form batsman in the Shield at the moment. But he has been in similar form in the past, and yet when picked on that form has failed to deliver.
Apart from these, the outside chance is picking either of Jordan Silk, Joe Burns, Chris Lynn or Nic Maddinson. If picked this tour can be a great exposure to these guys.
An absolute long-shot could be Travis Head, who has been mighty impressive this summer though honestly I think he is vary far off from Test selection for now.
Amongst the current top six, Bailey appears to be the most vulnerable at the moment.
So anyone coming in should be able to bat at number six and be good at batting with the tail if the situation demands.
What do you say Roarers?