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Ronan writes about cricket in his spare time. Based between Ireland and Asia, his day job is as a globe-trotting journalist and photographer, reporting on travel and current affairs for the likes of CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Forbes, The Guardian, New York Post, The Telegraph, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED etc. Ronan has been a reporter for 18 years and his journalism and photography work has taken him to more than 60 countries. Before becoming a freelancer he spent nine years at daily newspapers in WA where he had stints as a chief crime reporter, political writer and features writer.

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Because Michael Neser isn’t considered a batting all-rounder by the selectors. They’ve said that. (Almost) everyone knows that.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Siddle had two absolute sitters dropped off his bowling last night.

He should have had 4-80. Good match from him.

Australia first Ashes Test player ratings: Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon star in stunning win

Because Marsh is in the squad, and is in the squad as an all-rounder, and I was discussing the options if Australia decided they wanted an all-rounder?

This is pretty basic stuff mate.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

That miss off Siddle from Roy was bad, no doubt, but Paine otherwise kept very well.

Paine took 2 sensational catches off Lyon that a lot of other keepers would miss.

Australia first Ashes Test player ratings: Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon star in stunning win

Buttler is a worry with how badly he struggles against Lyon, and the way he was bossed by Cummins at Edgbaston, but his Test form over the past year is still better than Bairstow’s.

Both Buttler and Bairstow have shocking records against Australia so it’s the lesser of two evils really.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree James if the Lords pitch looks a bit juicy I’d stick with Patto if it looks decent for batting I’d give him a rest.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“There was Arti Choakes in the 1950s”

Nonsense, there is no record of that player on Cricinfo, Rowdy.

There has never bean a cricketer named Arti Choakes so peas don’t lie.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Oh absolutely, England have massive problems with their batting and have had for a long while.

I couldn’t understand pre-series everyone saying Australia’s batting lineup was as bad as England’s because Australia at least have 3 batsmen averaging 40+ over long careers whereas England only have 1 in Root.

I don’t see how England can really strengthen their batting but what they can do, by dropping Denly for Curran, is keep their batting at the same level while boosting their bowling significantly.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“But it still doesn’t make Warner better than anyone else in the list”

That’s… a really odd comment

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“But Stokes at 4, instantly makes it look like a pretty weak batting lineup.”

As opposed to Denly at 4?

Woakes is a better batsman than Denly in English conditions, and I think Curran is every bit as valuable with the bat as Denly.

Meanwhile, I think Stokes is the 2nd best batsman in this England team after Root so why not have him at 4.

That team I listed above has 6 bowling options so no need for Stokes to bowl more than 10-12 overs an innings unless Australia bat really long.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree Burgy, the only change I’d make is to rest Pattinson and bring in one of Starc or Hazlewood, depending on who bowls better in tomorrow’s 3-day match.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

If I was England I’d make sure Lords is juicier than it was in recent Ashes because it’s now very clear that, even in the UK, Australia are the better side on drier pitches.

Australia have dominated on the 3 driest pitches across the last two series in England.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Khawaja was looking fantastic until he got out in the 2nd dig, hopefully a sign that he’s hitting form.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Exactly Chris, Australia can only rest 5 guys from tomorrow’s 3-day game (unless they bring in players from outside the squad) and I’d expect those five rested players to be Pattinson, Cummins, Siddle, Smith and Paine (or maybe Lyon).

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree Chris, I think Australia would have planned to play Pattinson for only 1 Test on, 1 Test off unless, that is, he was on fire and they desperately needed him.

But they have the luxury of protecting his body and replacing him with one of 2 guys with excellent Test records.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

You think 37 is a bad average for a Test opener away from home?

Current Test openers’ averages away from home:

Dhawan ………… 39

Warner ………….. 37

Latham ………….. 37

Brathwaite ……… 32

Karunaratne ……. 32

Murali Vijay ……. 31

KL Rahul ……….. 30

Elgar …………….. 30

Imam ul-Haq ….. 28

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

That’s also the downside of relying so heavily on a 37 year old strike bowler.

Anderson has been carrying England for years and that’s coming home to roost.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Siddle is incredibly fit and durable for a guy pushing 35 years old.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

A fit Archer would have been very valuable at Edgbaston given the lack of variety in the England attack.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Siddle had an easy nick off Roy missed by Paine, and then had Woakes dropped by Smith at 2nd slip, again an easy chance.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I really rate Foakes as a player, watched him play in Sri Lanka and Windies and thought he looked like a star in the making.

If I was England I’d go like this at Lords:

1. Burns
2. Roy
3. Root
4. Stokes
5. Buttler
6. Foakes (wk)
7. Woakes
8. Curran
9. Archer
10. Broad
11. Leach

Curran is a gun, I’d back him to make as many runs as Denly while also really strengthening the attack.

Bairstow has been getting a free ride in Tests for a long time based on:

1) His hot ODI form.

2) His one hot year of Test cricket back in 2016. Across his other seven years of Tests he averages 28 with the bat.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Pattinson’s coach at Victoria, Andrew McDonald, said Pattinson needed to be carefully managed in the Ashes and rotated in and out to prevent him getting injured again.

I think Australia have the luxury of resting him if one of Starc or Hazlewood look good in the 3-day game that starts tomorrow.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I think Siddle deserves to keep his place, I thought he bowled so much better than his figures suggested and was very unlucky, had two easy catches dropped yesterday.

Could have, and should have finished with 4-80 for the match instead of 2-80.

Went at just 2 runs an over for the match which is fantastic, that pressure really helps other bowlers.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

If he sticks to the wider line against right handers, and is patient in maintaining an off stump line to the lefties then he should be very effective today.

Smith and Wade flatten England

Overall I think English cricket gets more coverage than any other nation on Cricinfo – even their county games get good coverage, whereas coverage of domestic cricket in India and Australia is extremely limited even for the Shield/Ranji finals.

The editorial team is based in India because it’s cheap, they can hire Indian writers/sub editors for a fraction of the cost of English/Aussie ones.

Cricbuzz, on the other hand, is really dominated by Indian content and focus.

Smith and Wade flatten England

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