Who makes Australia’s second Test XI?

Tony Mellow Roar Rookie

By Tony Mellow, Tony Mellow is a Roar Rookie


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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.

    I have always thought that prior to a huge series, Cricket Australia could have a current Australian team against an Australian second XI in a match to see if there are any players who are on the fringe and could shine against the current Australian team.

    If that were to happen, here is my Australian second XI:

    1. Jake Weatherald
    2. Joe Burns
    3. Callum Ferguson
    4. Glenn Maxwell
    5. Alex Carey
    6. Jack Wildermuth
    7. Mitchell Swepson
    8. Chadd Sayers
    9. Chris Tremain
    10. Jackson Bird
    11. Sam Rainbird

    I like this team as it has a nice mix of experienced players and youth. The experienced players in Burns, Ferguson, Maxwell and Sayers have all got Test experience and will help the younger ones to learn and develop.

    The youngsters in Weatherald, Carey, Swepson, and Wildermuth have now played at least a couple of years of Shield cricket to give them a good standing. They are all having very good seasons in 2017-18 too.

    The bowlers are all performing well and would put on a good showing against the current Australian team – both Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers have been in and around the Test squad for a while now.

    The younger players, if given a chance, could become regular instalments in the Australian team as the national selectors keep chopping and changing the current side around.

    So a match between this side and the current side would give those selectors a chance to look at the fringe players and the younger ones.

    So what do you think Roarers; who would you put in a second XI for an imaginary game against the current Australian Test team?

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    • December 11th 2017 @ 8:10am
      Steve said | December 11th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

      Handscomb (I don’t think he belongs in the first team, Marsh or Cartwright do)
      J. Richardson

      • December 11th 2017 @ 9:32am
        Tony Mellow said | December 11th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

        I was thinking of Behrendorff ,but then i heard he is out injured.So i went for Rainbird instead.

    • December 11th 2017 @ 9:11am
      jamesb said | December 11th 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report


      I’ll keep faith in Renshaw and Cartwright as both are not in the best of form.

      • December 11th 2017 @ 9:22am
        Tony Mellow said | December 11th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        I was thinking about Renshaw,but i thought i would wait until he got back into form then i would have brought him in.

    • December 11th 2017 @ 10:07am
      jameswm said | December 11th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      Wow – way too few batsmen.

      It’s actually like this, and it’s a good team
      1. Weatherald/Cowan (Renshaw too out of form)
      2. Burns
      3. Cartwright
      4. Head
      5. Maxwell
      6. Lehmann
      7. Carey
      8. Agar/SOK
      9. Sayers
      10. Bird
      11. Behrendorff if fit, otherwise not sure

      4 good core bowlers, sufficient part timers (3). A proper top 6. And a good keeper who bats pretty well.

    • December 11th 2017 @ 10:34am
      Tony Mellow said | December 11th 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      That is a very good side.I saw you went for Agar/SOK as spinner. Do you think Swepson would be ready for a step up at this stage of his career

      • December 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm
        jameswm said | December 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

        Haven’t seen enough of him. But Agar/SOK are the next in line.

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          December 12th 2017 @ 11:40pm
          Michael Keeffe said | December 12th 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

          Swepson is twice the bowler Agar is with an average of 33 and strike rate of a wicket every 49 balls. Agar averages 38 and only takes a wicket every 75 balls which is a really poor strike rate. I know Agar can bat a bit, but purely on bowling terms Swepson is streets ahead.

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      December 11th 2017 @ 10:41am
      Ryan H said | December 11th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

      Does George Bailey get to slot into a middle order somewhere at 5 or 6? His form is excellent, probably third best Shield batsman so far behind Maxwell and Burns?

      It’s extremely tight though, and even a 3rd XI would probably push England at the moment; and I’m hardly even kidding

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        December 11th 2017 @ 11:53am
        Klaus Nannestad said | December 11th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

        Bailey’s a good shout. It’s not just this season he has been good either, but the last couple. Hobart isn’t the easiest place to bat either.

      • December 11th 2017 @ 1:42pm
        Tony Mellow said | December 11th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

        Bailey has been in good form,but it is the fact he has been in and out of the aussie side ,i would much rather go for a youngster and see how they go instead,

      • December 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm
        jameswm said | December 11th 2017 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

        Bailey ahead of whom? Head, Lehmann, Cartwright or Maxwell?

    • December 11th 2017 @ 10:45am
      Bearfax said | December 11th 2017 @ 10:45am | ! Report

      Stick with youth I say

      Maxwell or Patterson
      SOK or Swepson

      • December 11th 2017 @ 1:19pm
        jameswm said | December 11th 2017 @ 1:19pm | ! Report

        Maxwell is only a maybe in our 2nd team?

        • December 11th 2017 @ 1:43pm
          Tony Mellow said | December 11th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

          Maxwell for me is a walk up start for a 2nd team

        • December 11th 2017 @ 7:13pm
          Bearfax said | December 11th 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

          Maxwell has to show that he has become more consistent in my opinion. He is 29 with a 42 average, while there are young blades like Cartwright, Lehmann, Patterson with averages either better or close to, yet half a decade younger. Head I picked because he has improved markedly in the past 18 months and the two openers look to me to be future test players also.

          I like Maxwell and I think he was treated abysmally in the past not playing enough first class cricket. He’s had a pretty good season this year but he’s mainly judged on that 278 he scored.. Other than that he’s had two 60s and a 96 above 50 from 9 innings. Last year he averaged 31.8.

          I would be going for a younger batsman who can grow into the role

          • December 11th 2017 @ 8:58pm
            Ben said | December 11th 2017 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

            Cartwright may have played good last year but this year he is out of form.
            What is his average this season?