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If they’ve left Burns out because he’s playing country cricket, why did they pick Pattinson? He’s signed up to play for Nottinghamshire.

Pucovski and Patterson shouldn’t be in the one day squad, Pucovski averages 7.5 in list a cricket and couldn’t get a game for Victoria last season, while Patterson averaged 23 last season. Should’ve taken Philippe and McDermott.

Nesers one day record isn’t great either.

As for M.Marsh he’s a good one day player but I can’t see the logic in picking him in the 4 day squad, Wade’s a better allrounder anyway.

Holland will probably be the backup spinner for the ashes

Australia A squads headlined by Test regulars and Ashes hopefuls

I went and had a look at the stats:

Fc bowling average:

Ashton Agar: 39.11
Mitch Swepson: 36.38
Adam Zampa: 47.09
D’Arcy Short: 35

Ashes squad will be decided by Australia 'A' games

Marnus made a century for Glamorgan overnight, interesting to see how he does over the rest of the season.

Ashes squad will be decided by Australia 'A' games

They’ve had a reserve keeper in the squad for the last few ashes tours, Nevill in 2015, wade in 2013, manou 2009, Haddin 2005.
Chris Hartley played a tour match in 09 when Haddin and Manou where injured, he was playing club cricket in England and was called in.
Even if they don’t take another keeper they’ll probably have another keeper playing club cricket in the uk if they need him. Sam Harper and Sam Whiteman where playing club cricket in the uk last year

Who should be Australia’s back-up Ashes keeper?

There’s 3 tour matches

Aus vs Aus A prior to the ashes

Aus vs Worcestershire between 1st and 2nd test

Aus vs Derbyshire between 3rd and 4th test

CA is currently getting $200 million for the tv deal surely they can afford to have an extra player in the squad.

Who should be Australia’s back-up Ashes keeper?

Geez, that’s a bit harsh on Sayers, he took more wickets than Hazlewood in that test and he hadn’t played any cricket for nearly 2 months.

The only reason he hasn’t had any form this season is because of injury.

Given his record in the past, he should get a spot in the A series, to see how he does in English conditions.

Although I don’t know if he’d make the A team, given that Neser, Copeland, Bird, Boland and Tremain all had good shield seasons.

Neser bolts into Ashes contention

After seeing how Carey batted yesterday, I think if he’s going to play he should bat 5.

For the World Cup I’d go

Christian (or another allrounder who could bat 7 possibly M.Marsh)



Maxwell's hot form a World Cup boon for Australia

Would Dan Christian work at 7? He had a good big bash and his bowling is better than Stoinis but he hasn’t played 50 over cricket since 2017

Stoinis' slow scoring a World Cup worry

Boyce hasn’t got a state contract, he got cut by Tasmania at the end of last season (they played Clive Rose in the jlt Cup).

Boyce has been playing grade cricket in Brisbane, I’m surprised he isn’t playing for Queensland 2nd XI or picked up a T20 franchise gig

Lyon should not be a World Cup certainty

There’s a few other options

Boyce: has done well at international level, hasn’t played 50 cricket in 18 months. Ok bat good fielder.
Fawad: effective wicket taker, poor fielder, poor bat
Agar: currently injured
O’Keefe: had a good bbl, but has a poor 50 record.
Chris Green: did very well for nsw in jlt cup, ok bat (untested in international cricket)
D’Arcy Short: untested as a lower order hitter, list a bowling average of 40.

Lyon should not be a World Cup certainty

Gotch kept for Victoria for most of this seasons JLT Cup, Handscomb only kept in the semi-final and the final when Gotch was left out

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

If Finch fails to perform in the UAE would it be worth bringing Paine back as captain?

He’s stil the best keeper and Carey has missed a number of chances this series.

Maybe they could list him to come in at 7, but if they need a hitter they could push Coulter-Nile or Cummins ahead of him.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

Tremain’s been left out of the Victorian shield team

Australia are back in a big way

Carey was in form at the right time, Paine was going to miss out on the Twenty20 tri series last year because he had to prepare for the South African test series, Carey was the inform keeper in the big bash so he got picked. Then when Paine was dropped from the ODI team Carey was picked because he was the incumbent Twenty20 keeper.

Ashton Turner stuns India

What about Paine, you could play him as a specialist keeper/captain and bat him at 8 or you could play him as a hitter and tell him to be aggressive as an opener.

Who keeps wicket for Australia in the World Cup?

What about Dan Christian, although it would be off T20 form.

Bat Maxwell at 6 and Christian at 7, push Stoinis up to 3.

Handscomb should keep in the World Cup

South Africa’s done that with De Kock and it’s effected his batting

de kock averages 30 when he bats at 6

He averages 48 when batting at 7

Greg Chappell: Great player, terrible selector

Maxwell, Burns, Renshaw, Ferguson, Bancroft and Worrall are signed up to play county cricket this year, even if they aren’t in the initial ashes squad they could always be called into the team if they’re in form.

Renshaw and Patterson playing for Ashes spots in Sheffield Shield

I went over Wades shield stats prior to his recall in 2016:
2015/16 average: 27 (6 games)
2016/17 average: 28 (3 games)
He only passed 50 once in those 9 games, yet they rewarded him with selection, now that he’s actually batting well they won’t pick him. I’m not saying that wade’s in the best xi (I’d have Maxwell ahead of him) but surely he’s done more to warrant selection than Labuchagne or Mitch Marsh.

Are selectors prepared to go with their double standards?

He’s more than half a good shield season, he scored 3 100s in the second half of last season and was named in team of the season.

Are selectors prepared to go with their double standards?

I don’t think Finch can be picked given his current form, I’m still interested to see if Zampa can lock down his spot, he took 2 wickets in 51 overs during the 6 games he played in 2018 and went wicketless in the one game he played in January (although he was very economical.

I rate Fawad as the best wicket taker, but he’s a rubbish fielder, the other options would be Green, Lyon, O’Keefe, Boyce and Agar.

If I were picking the World Cup squad now I’d go:

Wade (wk)
Maxwell (c)


Wade and Short seem to have good chemistry and enjoy opening the batting together, while Stoinis could be should bat 3, Marsh and Smith are no brainers at 4&5 while having Warner, Maxwell and Christian at 6, 7 & 8 could be quite destructive.

Australia need a bowling all-rounder in ODIs

I see you’re point Ronan but given that we’ll be going into the World Cup with Maxwell, Stoinis and potentially Short in the top 7, you could probably afford to play Christian at 8.

Australia need a bowling all-rounder in ODIs

It might be left of field but I think Dan Christian might be a decent option at 8, he’s got plenty of experience playing in England.

Australia need a bowling all-rounder in ODIs

Look at Vukovic, prior to his move to Belgium in 2017, he’d made 2 attempts to move overseas, he signed with a Turkish club in 2010 but had his contract terminated before the start of the seasons and came back to the a league. He also spent six month on loan in Japan in 2014.

Then at 32 he goes to Genk and is now the Socceroos 2nd choice.

Brisbane Roar deal Adam Taggart to Asia

The interesting thing about the Scorchers s that they’re got a lot of depth, meaning that they’ve got a lot of decent players who aren’t playing regularly.

Guys like Cartwright, Whitman, Bosisto, Inglis, Kelly and Paris have been in and out of the team over the last few years, and could probably get a game elsewhere.

Scorchers tortured: What went wrong for Perth?