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I’m not suggesting Sams should bat top 6 for the World Cup, I’m saying that he would’ve been worth having a look at during the home summer as a number 8.

Particularly when Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood were rested and they picked Siddle.

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

Maybe not Valente, but Sams numbers look pretty good in 50 over cricket

Batting: 4 innings, 152 runs at 38, sr 116
Bowling: 5 innings, 9 wickets at 22.44 economy: 5.13

I know it’s a small sample size, but remember Cummins made his test debut after just 3 Shield games

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

They should’ve picked Marsh for the November ODIs vs South Africa but I suspect he was left out because they wanted him to focus on the Sheffield Shield.

I think the constant push to make Marsh a test player has hurt his ODI chances.

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

There were a few other players worth considering in addition to Faulkner, Daniel Sams made to 50’s for nsw last season in the jlt Cup and Cam Valente has 2 50 over 100’s.

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

The only other allrounder worth picking would be Dan Christian.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

The selectors clearly like him, he was in the squad for the Sri Lanka test series

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Assuming Stoinis is out for the World Cup, it might actually help his ashes chances.
The 4 Day games of the Australia A tour don’t start until July 7, more than 3 weeks from now.
If he’s fit for those games I assume he’ll play, meaning that he’ll get 3 first class matches in English conditions prior to the first test, a couple of decent knocks there could see him make the Ashes team. He’ll be able to bat slowly.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

I see that the selectors have finally ended their obsession with Billy Stanlake

Joe Burns and Kurtis Patterson snubbed as Cricket Australia unveil 2019-20 contract list

Best XI for both teams:

1 Day team:

Wade (wk)
Head (c)

4 day team:

Paine (c/wk)

Australia A squads headlined by Test regulars and Ashes hopefuls

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