Australia will keep the same side for three straight Tests for the first time since early 2018, when they face New Zealand at Optus Stadium on Thursday.
A mouth-watering selection trial for this year’s Ashes series gets underway tonight, with the ‘Graeme Hick XII’ taking on the ‘Brad Haddin XII’ locking horns.
Hick and Haddin picked their teams schoolyard style, but just last week we had Roar cricket expert David Schout and Roar editor Daniel Jeffrey do exactly the same and we got you, the readers, to vote on the winner!
These were the teams they picked.
|David Schout’s XI||No.||Daniel Jeffrey’s XI|
|Marcus Harris||1||David Warner|
|Joe Burns||2||Cameron Bancroft|
|Marnus Labuschagne||3||Usman Khawaja|
|Steve Smith||4||Travis Head|
|Peter Handscomb||5||Kurtis Patterson|
|Matthew Wade||6||Will Pucovski|
|Alex Carey||7||Tim Paine (c)|
|Pat Cummins||8||James Pattinson|
|Mitchell Starc||9||Nathan Lyon|
|Peter Siddle||10||Jackson Bird|
|Jon Holland||11||Josh Hazlewood|
|Not picked: Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Chris Tremain|
These are the sides who’ll take to the field tonight (our time).
|Graeme Hick’s XII||No.||Brad Haddin’s XII|
|Joe Burns||1||David Warner|
|Cameron Bancroft||2||Marcus Harris|
|Steve Smith (c)||3||Kurtis Patterson|
|Peter Handscomb||4||Travis Head (c)|
|Matthew Wade||5||Marnus Labuschagne|
|Mitchell Marsh||6||Will Pucovski|
|Tim Paine (c)||7||Alex Carey|
|Michael Neser||8||Pat Cummins|
|James Pattinson||9||Mitchell Starc|
|Jackson Bird||10||Peter Siddle|
|Chris Tremain||11||Josh Hazlewood|
|Nathan Lyon||12||Jon Holland|
Who has the most to prove? Which Ashes spots are actually up for grabs? We got David and Daniel back on the Game of Codes podcast to discuss.