Beau Casson, Cameron White, Bryce McGain, Steve Smith; Australia’s search for a frontline Test wrist spinner since Shane Warne’s retirement in 2007 hasn’t reaped the rewards it had hoped.
With the Ashes long gone, and nothing more to gain apart from morale and respect, Australia must use the 50-over games following the fifth Test to restore some confidence and positivity.
Sure they seem rather meaningless given the urn has been relinquished, however winning some cricket, regardless of format, can only be a positive.
The one-day series can also foster confidence in some potential Test player, such as Joe Burns, James Pattinson and Glenn Maxwell.
Australia have performed well in one-day matches that have made up recent Ashes tours, both when the Test series has been won and lost.
Prior to their loss in the 2005 Ashes series away from home, the Australians managed to win the tri-series against England and Bangladesh.
In 2009, Australia again floundered away from home in the Test matches, losing the series 2-1, however they took some heart from dominating the 50-over series, winning six of the seven matches.
Back home in the summer of 2010-11, a shattering Ashes defeat – which included three defeats by an innings – didn’t phase them in the limited overs arena, a 6-1 series win once again.
Over the course of back-to-back Ashes series in 2013-14, the Aussies also won six games to just two overall.
Australian cricket is at a low point right now, and the first step to undoing some of the damage is to win the fifth Test at The Oval.
However, with confidence and belief needed, winning games of cricket and continuing to be the dominant ODI force following the World Cup is essential.