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What about Cartwright, played the Sydney test in 2017, made 37 in his only innings, then lost his spot to Mitch Marsh for the India tour.

He played another game against Bangladesh, but hasn’t played test cricket since.

It's time for a new Test opener

The other quick I’d be looking to bring in is Jhye Richardson, he’s bowled fairly well recently, but I think Tremain still deserves to play ahead of him.

I’m also interested to see if they’ll pick an all rounder for Perth.

Of the players available Maxwell is probably the best option, but because he bowls spin he doesn’t count.

M.Marsh and Stoinis both made 21 in their most recent shield innings, but will probably get another chance later today.

Henriques made 150 a couple of weeks ago and made 99 yesterday.

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India

I’ve got a feeling this is a captains call.

Mitch Marsh dropped for first Test as Peter Handscomb gets the nod

People love a comeback story, but in order to do that you need to spend a couple of years playing domestic cricket before being recalled to the test team.

Plenty of players have been dropped from the test team but came back years later as better players: Langer, Rogers, Katich, Smith, Khawaja, Hayden.

The issue with Marsh is that they never let him have an extended run in the shield, at most he’ll get half a shield season then he’s straight back into the test team.

Langer's extraordinary prediction in the Adelaide nets may derail the summer

The only way I could see Mitch Marsh getting dropped is if Stoinis replaces him, but his shield record over the past couple of season hasn’t been great. Although Paine struggled at shield level and he’s done fairly well in the test team.

Langer's extraordinary prediction in the Adelaide nets may derail the summer

Steve O’Keefe and Cam White didn’t get picked for their shield teams this week, both would strengthen the CA XI

The Cricket Australia XI was a missed opportunity

Burns picked up an injury playing county cricket in August, I think that may have caused him to miss the test squad.

Poor Joe Burns

An average of 26 is unacceptable for a player who has played 30 tests, besides his Sheffield Shield batting average is 28 so the fact that his test average is only 26 shouldn’t come as a real shock.

Why Australia needs some new selectors

He was left out of the white ball teams so he could play Sheffield Shield

Mixed news for Marshes in Test warm-up

Maxwell’s been left out of the test team numerous times, when less deserving players where picked ahead of him.

In 2015/16 Maxwell averaged 56 in the Sheffield Shield, yet for the 2016 tour of Sri Lanka Mitch Marsh (who was a proven failure at this point) and Moises Henriques (who had just come back from injury and averaged 15 the previous) got picked ahead of him.

He lost his test spot to Shaun Marsh for the 2017/18 ashes, despite the fact he was averaging more in the shield than Marsh when the squad was picked.

Mitch Marsh was picked ahead of Maxwell when Handscomb was dropped, because he was a better bowler, despite the fact that both players have their test bowling averages in the 40’s.

For the tour of South Africa this year, the selector went with an out of form Peter Handscomb instead of the inform Glenn Maxwell as the reserve.

Then for the Pakistan series Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch who both averaged 35 the previous season where picked ahead of Maxwell who averaged 50.

Why Australia needs some new selectors

Im looking at the PSL, T20 blast, CPL, IPL and that new South African league.

India expose Australia's pace obsession once more

Henriques is worth a shot, had a couple decent knocks last year, but hasn’t played since.

There’s a few Australian’s who aren’t getting a game at shield level but are on the Twenty20 circuit, at the moment there’s Ben Dunk, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Michael Klinger, Fawad Ahmed, Ben Laughlin and Shane Watson.

I don’t think that all of them would make the Australian side, but I think that a couple of them would be good enough.

For the next series I’d be looking to go:

Dunk (wk)

India expose Australia's pace obsession once more

“mediocre with flashes of brilliance” that sounds like Mitch Marsh.

How Marcus Harris made himself a Test cricketer

What was his average in county cricket?

Why Marcus Harris could be a key to fixing Australia’s batting woes


Sheffield Shield stars deserve Test call ups

Given the crowds that they’ve got at some of the grade matches, imagine the crowds they would’ve gotten if they’d allowed Smith and Warner to play Sheffield Shield.

But instead we’ll see Warner playing in the Bangladeshi Premier League and Smith playing in the Pakistan Super League.

Cricket Australia blew a really good opportunity.

Cricket Australia rejects appeal to lift bans for Warner, Smith and Bancroft

What ever happened to Moises Henriques in the Twenty20 team?

I recall he was in the side last year and he made a couple of 50’s.

Indian spin will smother Aussies in T20Is

I think Wade would be a better all rounder than Mitch Marsh.

On current form I’d go:


12th man: Tremain/Boland

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

If Maxwell has a decent knock in one these Twenty20s, would he be in contention seeing as he’s been starved shield opertunities.

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

A top 7 of:

Whoever is in form when the next squad is picked (Turner?)

What we also need is a bowler who is a handy number 8

If he’s in form Faulkner could fill that roll, but he’s only just returned from injury.

Another option is Daniel Sams, he took the new ball for NSW in the one day cup and also scored 2 fifties.

We also need a spinner who can take wickets, Fawad Ahmed and Nathan Lyon are the best options.

Australia's top order fails again as Proteas win to clinch 2-1 series lead

I did a bit of reasearch and discovered Phillipe doesn’t have a big bash contract, I thought he would’ve signed with the scorchers but their roster is full.

Would be a valuable addition to one of the other teams.

Australian cricket has a bright future

What about Wade as a specialist batsman?

He’s made 4 consecutive 50’s batting at 6, the only reason he didn’t go on was because he ran out of partner.

I assume he’ll move up the order next game when Paine comes back into the team.

Marcus Harris and Jake Lehmann stake early claims for Test selection

I hate to say it, but the best the Australian Twenty20 team has performed in recent memory was when David Warner was opening the batting and was captain, and Aaron Finch was batting at 5.

Australia's dot ball problem leads to a crushing series defeat against Pakistan

The Australian team that played during the tri series in February was the best performing Australian batting lineup in Twenty20 cricket I’ve ever seen, Australian won every game that series and Warner’s captaincy had a lot to do with it.

Finch has won just 3 of the 8 games he’s captained since taking over this year, 2 of those wins were against Zimbabwe.

Australia's bizarre tactics see them lose to Pakistan. Again