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So your top 7 would be: Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Marnus, Smith, Pucovski, Patterson, Carey?
You are trying to win aren’t you?

Solving Australia's opening dilemma

The worry about Pucovski is against the short ball. Pakistan and New Zealand will have some quick bowlers

Solving Australia's opening dilemma

If Khawaja is a lock because of his average in Australia then surely Warner is a lock too!

Solving Australia's opening dilemma

I agree with the sentiment about stability. I believe a batsman should earn his place in the side. However your team to start the Pakistan test already features a change. Marsh replaced by Head! You haven’t given Marsh three tests. Marcus Harris has failed in the last three tests yet you are willing to retain him. Your team doesn’t follow your own rules. I would start with:
1. David Warner (superb average in Australia)
2. Usman Khawaja (very good average in Australia)
3. Marnus Labuschagne
4. Steve Smith
5. Travis Head (very good average in Australia)
6. Matt Wade
7. Tim Paine
8-12 Cummins, Starc, Pattinson, Hazlewood, Lyon
Then make the others wait their turn. Next overseas tour? Dart board and blind fold required.

Constantly reshuffling the batting order doesn’t work

Border was given his debut during the World Series Cricket era when selectors had no incumbents to back! Chappell had a great first class record and earned his selection. Ponting was a gun junior who scored plenty of runs and earned his chance. Smith was picked as a leg spinner and after being dropped, he scored a truckload of runs batting at number 3 for NSW to earn his selection too. Steve Waugh was the only “gut selection” but his junior career was very impressive. I agree that Nevill had to be replaced. But I will never agree that Renshaw has shown that he is test quality, Burns has improved or that Handscomb is a revelation. BUT if any of them score a truckload of runs this season, they have the right to be selected.

Another innings, another failure by the openers in massive run chase

That was a hysterical response to getting thrashed by South Africa. Dropping Voges (Who still averaged over 60) Poor old Ferguson (who only got to play one test) and Burns (Who people are hoping to be recalled) in favour of Renshaw (On a fast train to nowhere) Maddinson (test average 6.5) and Handscomb (World’s worst technique!) was a masterstroke!

Another innings, another failure by the openers in massive run chase

I know the openers have been awful, but their replacements need to earn their spots and not be gifted opportunities because the incumbents are poor. It is up to the alternatives to demand selection through performances in the early season. Burns, Pucovski. Patterson, Carey and J Richardson need to perform better than the incumbents in early Shield games to gain a spot. Otherwise you are replacing faltering “Ashes retainers” with undeserving cricketers. It is easy to claim that these guys would have performed better but they have little to back these claims. My guess is that Warner, Khawaja and Harris will pile on the early season runs back in flat track Australia.

Another innings, another failure by the openers in massive run chase

Another aspect to ball tampering is that teams felt the need to do it. Preparing pitches that were lifeless and using balls that barely swung led to tests dominated by batsmen. I was glad that reverse swing came into a game and couldn’t care less how it was achieved. Gave the bowlers a chance to get wickets, made the batsmen work hard. Test cricket is supposed to be a test of technique. I have enjoyed the tests in this Ashes series. The bowlers are on top and only the very best batsmen are scoring runs. The last series in Australia was a complete bore. The Melbourne test was horrendous. Flat wicket that didn’t deteriorate. Alistair Cook could still be batting on that wicket. Wickets must be prepared with a greater opportunity for bowlers. Then ball tampering will not be necessary. Maybe Australia will produce young batsmen with an ability to adapt to conditions instead of cultivating flat track bullies who hit through the line without fear of sideways movement.

England have no moral high ground over ball tampering

I remember Andrew Flintoff warning his old team mates not to “throw stones” after many of them were critical of the Australians behaviour. Ball tampering was rife. It was practised by most and it was ignored by team leaders around the world. Double standards were applied. It would have continued but South Africans were angry about the treatment of their captain with his mints. Sandpaper gate is over and the game is a lot cleaner now. Perhaps we should be thanking Smith, Warner and Bancroft for bringing the issue to a head. The game is hopefully better for it.

England have no moral high ground over ball tampering

And I believe Penrith will be contributing a part of his salary. Why bother signing these contracts?

Eels sign Campbell-Gillard

So the reasoning behind giving Mitch Marsh a game was to reduce the workload on Cummins and Hazlewood. Didn’t Cummins bowl 25 overs in the ist innings? He bowled 24 in each innings in test 4 so how does that work? Oh he was there to reduce Lyon’s workload! My bad!

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

World Test Championship is a complete farce. It is unfair in its structure and bizarre that the final will be played in England regardless of who makes it. Should be like boxing. Give India the provisional title (currently ranked number 1). Have to beat them to win the title. If you draw with them, they retain the title.

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Langer claimed it was a surprise to him! So in test 3 Paine is a dud for the way he used the review system. In test 4 he is a genius for throwing the ball to Labuschagne. Now he sends the opposition in and he is a dud again. It is a wonder that more cricketers don’t suffer mental health issues!

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Yeah what happened to the simple philosophy “When you win the toss you bat 9 times out of ten. The other time you think about sending the opposition in but you bat anyway!”?

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

He tries hard, has a good sense of humour and he is resilient. Why would anyone hate him? I have nothing against him. But those cretinous selectors that keep picking him….

'Most of Australia hate me': Marsh's response to selection backlash

Maybe they fear Warner’s tell all book when he retires!

'Most of Australia hate me': Marsh's response to selection backlash

He has a licence to thrill now. Watch him go!

Humble pie all 'round as Mitch Marsh rips through England

Thats what happens when you are given a licence to play the way you want to without fear of consequences and being taken to task over failures. Imagine the press reaction if Watson played that insipid pull shot last night. He would be castigated by the Australian public.

Humble pie all 'round as Mitch Marsh rips through England

Maybe Starc can bat in the top six. See how his batting average goes then.

Humble pie all 'round as Mitch Marsh rips through England

Neser is the new Mitch Swepson. Take him on tour but don’t give him a test. Neser toured Pakistan but didn’t get a game there either!

Humble pie all 'round as Mitch Marsh rips through England

I wonder if Australians have the right approach to selecting allrounders.Stokes is highly valued by the Poms yet his batting average is 35.41 and bowling average is 32.71. Compare that to the much maligned Shane Watson (Batting 35.19 and bowling 33.68) and there is not a lot of difference. Yet Australians regularly voiced their disapproval of Watto whenever things went wrong. When Stokes fails, the English don’t seem concerned. What about James Faulkner? One Ashes test. Took 4 wickets in the first innings, scored 23 in the first innings. Promoted to number 3 in the second innings to chase quick runs. Scores a quick 22 and then picks up 2 wickets to halt the English run chase. Never picked again! He is only 28. Could it be that our expectations of an allrounder (must be able to perform as well as a specialist batsmen or a specialist bowler) is unrealistic? Marsh has been told to bowl line and length at 140km+ and keep it tight until now. I bet Stokes isn’t given those instructions! He is also told to bat sensibly and hold his spot in the batting order. My belief is that allrounders need not to conform to these unrealistic expectations. Captains should throw them the ball to try something different. When they bat, they should try and turn the game with aggressive intent. Let Marsh take on the English bowling and forget the stats. Maybe he will win us a test. Unlikely to do much worse than Harris, Wade and Warner.

Humble pie all 'round as Mitch Marsh rips through England

C’mon lets look at the last Ashes series that Mitch Marsh played. Scored two centuries and averaged 106.66! What a weapon! How could he be ignored? And he can bowl a bit, fields well and cracks a good joke before play to motivate his team mates. A true allrounder! Go Mitch you good thing. By the way, has Sean Marsh recovered from his injury? There are a couple of opening spots available!

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

We retained the Ashes, now we need to win the series. There is a great opportunity to win an Ashes series in England and we should not rest players now. I’m sure Pat Cummins is sore, tired and has an increased risk of injury but I bet he is itching to go for a series WIN. The World Championship points are on offer.

With the urn retained, how do we approach the fifth Ashes Test?

Just give Warner a pair of right handed batting gloves and tell him to try batting right handed! (He is naturally right handed and batted that way up to age 13 I believe) That will make Stuart Broad change plans!!!! May get the same result but can’t go any worse than a pair!!! Come to think of it, right handed gloves to Harris and Head too.

The XI Australia must pick at the Oval

lol

Australia in box seat to retain Ashes today