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The case for Wade

When Tim Paine was unexpectedly thrust into Australia’s XI for the ultimately successful Ashes series almost 12 months ago, many felt it may have all but closed future Test ambitions for Tasmanian teammate Matthew Wade.

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David Warner, your time is now

David Warner’s struggles in the sub-continent have been talked about at length here by Roarers, and with Australia now holding the leverage and a genuine chance to win a rare series in India, it is time for the vice-captain to contribute more heavily.

It’s the >6,000 test runs with 21 centuries that make me think he deserves a little more rope yet. If they were to make an unforced batting change for Leeds I’d tip Bancroft to be discarded first at this point.
The pure lack of time against the red ball really impacting Warner it would seem. In addition, I don’t think he’s ever been comfortable against the moving ball. As other have said, his confidence is at a low point. Smith was similarly starved of red ball cricket, but Smith is Smith – another level of freak.

Australia must drop David Warner

It seems like, just from what I’ve read/listened to today, the booing came from a very small number, but still obviously noticeable.

Steve Smith inspirationally returns to the field... and STILL gets booed

Well England have found an option in the way of raw pace that has been lacking for a decade

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Yeah..completely unsure how Harris would handle the trickiness of the conditions either. He can grind in the true sense, as we saw against the Indians with how well he blunted the new ball at times. If he withholds those wafting flashes outside off that undid him against Sri Lanka, seeing him miss out big time, he may do OK if called upon.

Warner and Bancroft are floundering

5×50’s in that series. His record in England is still nothing like home soil, but he was far from the worst performer there.
The batting was hampered by a finished Clarke who knew it, and unfortunately a struggling Voges who wasn’t able to stand up when it counted, yet pummelled some weaker attacks in the next couple of series he played.
Definitely a weird old series that one. Purely the scoreline (3-2) reflects little of it as Australia dominated on the flat pitches but were blasted out and exposed in the other three.

Warner and Bancroft are floundering

Six innings by Australian openers so far, with 13 being the highest of them – yikes. I think, despite looking difficult, Bancroft at least did a job batting time here, seeing off a challenging period, but little (or no) runs in the second and the temptation of Harris may be too great.

Warner and Bancroft are floundering

Well said; will be afforded chances to turn it around due to credits in the bank, and fair enough – he has more than most. The 1-0 scoreline and his side holding the mental edge does mitigate things too.

Broad around the wicket though is proving quite the obstacle.

Hazlewood fires in Ashes comeback

Key point I think. It was easier in past home series when England had a complete batting line-up of test quality, with terrific records, ie. the 2009-13 era of strength

They could afford to produce such pitches at home, knowing their batting was strong, well equipped and dependable. They have almost nothing of the sort now.

Is it green decks or bust for England in the Ashes?

That was Melbourne wasn’t it? Fourth test 2017-18? Or did Perth also receive similar in a different series?

Is it green decks or bust for England in the Ashes?

Yes I think it’s that Lords record that might sway them to Haze. No idea if it’s the right move.

The Ashes: England vs Australia second Test preview, prediction

It’s fascinating isn’t it; Australia held a 1-0 advantage in the India and RSA series – both pivotal foreign tours – in the last two years. We are going to find out a lot about the mentality and toughness of this new breed of Australia.

It’s not often Ashes series turn around following the first test, with 2005 being the only recent example, but it can happen. As seems obvious a 2-0 advantage or even remaining 1-0 into the third, may be nearly insurmountable for the trophy holders.

Australia must shed overseas yips to win the Ashes

Yes surely a case of managing him, and nothing to do with performance. Perhaps a little luxury of the 1-0 advantage, even though there is a lot to play out yet and the chance of things to turn.

Pattinson left out of second Test squad with Starc, Hazlewood included

Incredible isn’t it, when you put them all together like that.

One might add George Bailey to the list too. Yes his winning record will be forever perfect, yet he was picked through blistering 50-over form despite a lean Shield season prior, and did not feature beyond that Ashes series.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Tend to agree. With only 3 days between Lords and Leeds, it seems a bit more practical to freshen the attack then, and especially if Australia happen to hold a 2-0 advantage.

Lord's set to be a happy hunting ground again for Australia

Fair enough too, I should’ve picked up on that criteria, because you’re spot on, his best chance at selection through form and availability, was the back end of his career.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Definitely. Their last couple of horror tours in Australia have reflected the need for such pace and variety in their attack.

Lord's set to be a happy hunting ground again for Australia

Always enjoy pieces like this, cheers! Might only suggest Chris Hartley for Haddin. One played 66 tests with a vice-captaincy stint, while the other missed out completely despite being the best pure keeper in the country for a period.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Well said. They have typically been able to get away with Moeen as the sole spinner in home tests, where in fact his record looks a lot brighter compared to that against Australia.

In the end running out patience with his form, and the complete lack of confidence is spot on, so much that continuing to pick him would almost be unfair to him.

Leach picked to exploit Australia's left arm spin weakness

A bold move but one that had to be made I think. They lose little from a batting perspective too, given Moeen’s long struggle for test runs. Leach also showed a suitability for test match batting when opening against Ireland; this coming despite the failures from many recognised batsmen around him.

Leach picked to exploit Australia's left arm spin weakness

As Mark Nicholas states during that spell…’Glenn McGrath is so so good’

Revisiting the best spell in Ashes history

That is something I really can’t come to grips with – people describe Bancroft’s batting against South Africa as though he was on the cusp of getting dropped. Sure, he had a lean home Ashes series first up, but was the best performing Australian bat in SA before the obvious happened.

Archer can have a big impact on the Ashes

I think Atherton touches on an important point. The previous Ashes series – 17/18 – and Edgbaston, offered little variety and unpredictability to the Australian batsmen. Even though we are talking about a new ball pair who have combined for over a thousand test wickets, and are excellent home condition exponents, when it comes to Smith, fresh plans are needed.

Granted, they have still had Australia in serious trouble on several occasions and then failed to capitalise. Yet to a world beater like Smith, right-arm medium pace over the wicket at circa 80 mp/h has been so unsuccessful in dislodging him.

A combination of Archer and Leach changes the makeup of this otherwise bland attack significantly.

Archer can have a big impact on the Ashes

Yeah remember hearing similar. Wasn’t impressed and soon enough he had the gloves back. There may be an element of insecurity; when you know you aren’t in your best touch with the bat, playing as a top six, specialist batsman makes it an easy omission if not scoring. At least when keeping there is another aspect to his game where he can perform. Yet even then, he’s far from the accomplished keeper you’d want in the heat of an Ashes series!

England name Archer, Leach for second Test

And he clearly desperately wants to keep, if past episodes are anything to go by. Relinquishing the gloves could have an exponential impact on his batting, allowing him to play in the top four, but he seems totally uninterested.

There are probably multiple better pure glovemen in the UK – Foakes for one, and probably others such as Brown. As a few have mentioned on this site recently, he might not even be the best keeper in this XI.

England name Archer, Leach for second Test

Timing and selections meant Hussey only played in one away Ashes series, unfortunately.
What a reflection of the difference in eras where 50+ First Class averages see batsmen in the second XI, yet in the last decade, anything above 30 has slowly become acceptable.

Remembering Australia's Ashes domination in 2001