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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.

Terrific summary

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

‘The reality is that both batting line ups are seriously flawed.’

– This is an important point I think; it’s a matter of who can handle the conditions better with the bat (not Australia, if history is any indication) as we have two unsettled batting line-ups against each other, held together by one or two world class players.

England's form looks ominous for Ashes

He almost has to shift up to three for the benefit of his side, but not sure if it will happen, he’s been reluctant to for some time.

England's form looks ominous for Ashes

So we can assume Jimmy is (or will be at least) fit for Edgbaston following the calf injury? Hope so; enormous blow for the series in general if he was to miss any

England's form looks ominous for Ashes

And were the best – perhaps alongside India – side in the format across the last 3-4 years, while Australia were a shambles less than 12 months ago with poor tactics and the wrong personnel. Up to the semi-final they had already gone far beyond the expectations of many.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

Certainly wasn’t a poor choice! Perhaps one or two others had a slightly greater claim, but just about neck and neck between all contenders

Was Kane Williamson the right choice for player of the tournament?

For some reason still the biggest takeaway for me is what a classy, dignified human Williamson is. Calm, measured and genuine, and his players seem to follow suit on the field.

New Zealand were robbed in the World Cup final

I like this; you just have the boundary automatically added to the total; not the additional runs taken

Were the umpires wrong to award England six runs for this freak moment?

Not sure; I’m backing KP as a starter for Edgbaston and go from there. I know it was February, but a century in Australia’s most recent test match – after several solid First Class seasons earned him a place- is hard to dislodge. It was, fortunately, a rare selection based on Shield record.
Looks to have the patience and grinding style to suit, but Wade’s collection of unbelievable form might be too great to ignore.

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

Would certainly solve one of their problems. Him at three seems in the best interests of the team but not Root.

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

Their batting though is even more unsettled than the last Ashes series where three of their top six – Stoneman, Vince and Malan – were recent introductions with modest First-Class records, and yet there’s now almost no chance of any being in this XI.

As part of Root’s continual desire to bat at four, you might say Rory Burns is the only certain starter in the top three. From there, they’ll be punting on two of Roy, Denly, Jennings (surely surely not) or Dom Sibley. Whoever is thrust into the fire won’t be looking forward to the Australian pace attack.

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

Heard the same yesterday

Wade and Head make tons to press Ashes cases

Can’t see how number of boundaries is any more a determinant of success/aggression or conviction over the opposition than other factors. What about no. of sixes, wickets lost, dot balls faced, maiden overs bowled etc etc
There are literally so many other indicators that it seems just downright bizarre this single statistic determines a WC winner.

Give me continual super overs until a winner emerges or tied champions any day over this.

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Should mention this was finalised before the conclusion of the final, and wow, just wow. It’s arguably the sort of final this competition deserved, but it’s incredible how you discuss the weird and crazy ongoings of a tournament, and then this happens..

This World Cup had everything

Agree, there just has to be a more tangible solution surely. You are now awarding the trophy to one side despite the match still remaining a tie! Incredible

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Cheers! Prepared during the final with the eventual release a few hours before I’d anticipated!

This World Cup had everything

Probably yep. Either Holland squeezes into the squad or they simply bank on Lyon’s durability remaining as it has. In the event of a sudden mishap on say the morning of a test, I shudder at the thought of them playing Labuschagne based on his bowling. Full pace battery all the way.

Bancroft back with Aussies for Ashes trial

And yet I’d still go as far to say they are more settled now than pre-tournament.

Australia's messy and unsettled composition leaves them dazed

He hasn’t, you’re spot on, but I think they’ll back him. Doesn’t even open for Surrey often, yet with a dearth of options in the position, and with Roy’s reasonable first class record, I can see them taking the punt in the hope his dangerous stroke-play can translate. Perhaps in a similar vein to what Warner was able to do.

Bancroft back with Aussies for Ashes trial

Just about as you’d expect for a 25-man squad. Struggling to think of any not there who should be; that is of course, excluding Jhye with the injury cloud.

Bancroft back with Aussies for Ashes trial

The ‘lazy’ criticism against Handscomb is a point worth noting. Had earned every right to be there – and in the squad originally, in fact – yet is thrown into the fire coming out at 2-10 in a crunch semi final.

Australia World Cup player ratings

Yep – they’d be licking their lips. No way he’s in the squad for mine

Handscomb, Wade, Marsh free to push Ashes chances

I agree with a lot of your sentiments Pedro..just don’t think there is any rush while Paine is still leading and performing as such.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes

Gotcha drift, very very funny. ‘Ha ha’ as Nielsen from the Simpsons would say. I don’t want to keep Harpering on, but well done.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes

If Head can solidify his place in the XI through the next 12-18 months, he might be your man.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes