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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?

I know Short’s fc record isn’t great but you’ve got to remember that when he first came into the WA shield team, he was batting at 7/8 as a spin bowling all-rounder because Agar was unavailable.

He’s been picked for his batting in 4 games (3 at the back end of last season, and 1 this season.)

It’s also worth noting that he made 74 in a tour match against India.

Oh and his first class bowling average (from a small sample size) is better than Swepson, Zampa, Agar or Pope, could be a decent number 8 if we want to play 2 spinners next time we go to Asia.

D'arcy Short: The pigeon-holed dasher

My Australian team:
D’Aracy Short
Josh Philippe (wk)
Marcus Stoinis
Glenn Maxwell (c)
Aaron Finch
Ashton Turner
Dan Christian
James Faulkner
Jhye Richardson
Steve O’Keefe
Adam Zampa

Cam Boyce
Kane Richardson
Jordan Silk

Spin bowling is the key for Australia’s Twenty20 success

Australia has 2 twenty20s and 10 ODIs scheduled to be played over February March and April, meaning Maxwell and Stoinis won’t get an opportunity to play any shield games.

How Maxwell and Stoinis can do Australian cricket - and themselves - a big favour

If Stoinis plays it’ll be because they want another fast bowler in case Starc is too eratic again.

Same thing happened in the 2009 ashes when Watson played because Johnson was too eratic.

Stoinis does not deserve a Test debut

I think Handscomb and Carey are competing for the same position and one will be squeezed out when Smith and Warner come back.

Peter Siddle named for first ODI in eight years as Finch reveals Australian XI

Marnus will also play in the CA XI game

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Maxwell might as well pack up and go on the Twenty20 circuit, he’s clearly wasting his time playing first class cricket.

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Has Pucovski ever played against the pink ball?

Reports: Will Pucovski set to be selected against Sri Lanka, both Marsh brothers dropped

There’s a three day tour match starting next week between the CA XI and Sri Lanka.

I assume the CA XI will be made up of players not playing big bash I’d imagine a team of:

Nevil (c/wk)

If Renshaw or Pucovski can score a hundred in the tour match I’d consider picking them for the test series.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka