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Yep, Paine & Khawaja owe Siddle heaps, both chances were pretty badly botched. Add that to the misses from Edgbaston, and you’d excuse Siddle for being a bit salty. Apart from his first couple of overs yesterday, he has bowled exceptionally well.

Hazlewood fires in Ashes comeback

Or Alderman, he was spectacular in typical English conditions!

The Ashes: England vs Australia second Test preview, prediction

Um, possibly posted in the wrong section?

The Ashes balance has shifted as Lord's duel looms

Indeed! A lot of wafting at wide balls, never a solid strategy. Looks like he batted well, interested to see how he goes against a top notch pace attack.

Look out Australia, Jofra Archer just bowled this devastating spell and scored a century!

Another top-notch piece, Dan, finely honed and without any use of sandpaper!

The Liebke Ratings: First Ashes Test

In Australia- yes. In England- no. Horses for courses, Don.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I get what you’re saying, but MM does have a good record at Lord’s. I don’t think it’s a terrible idea to have a fifth bowler at Lord’s, I guess the decision would hinge on who they thought could do a better job, Marsh or Labuschagne, or possibly even Pattinson. It’s probably a little early to be guessing the line-up for the second Test, though.

Smith and Wade flatten England

I think it likely that Ali’s rope has nearly run out. They might give him one more Test, or they might decide that enough’s enough. I think it would be a smart move for them to include Leach- lesser batsman (not that you’d notice lately) but a far better bowler. For our sake, I hope they stick with Ali for the entire series!

Smith and Wade flatten England

Sorry, missed the ‘almost’…

Steve Smith once again saves Australia from Ashes embarrassment

Not solo, we must applaud the very good support from Siddle & Lyon, and to a lesser extent, Head. No 10 & 11 really showed the batsmen how to bat.

Steve Smith once again saves Australia from Ashes embarrassment

I hope you’re wrong!

The Ashes: England vs Australia, first Test preview, prediction

MM should get a look in for Lord’s, where he has a good record. Unless the pitch has completely changed at Edgebaston, I wouldn’t consider Mitch for the first Test.

Revealed: The Roar's Australian XI for the first Ashes Test

To be fair, Mitch has had a few moments too. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on ‘few’…

Revealed: The Roar's Australian XI for the first Ashes Test

That’s ok, as long as it is England batting!

The day James Pattinson became a star

I think it’s disappointing for Australia that they weren’t able to translate their obvious One Day skills into the Test arena. Still, hardly the first players to only excel in the shorter formats. One hopes that the younger Marsh still has time to come good in Tests. He’s only 27, all rounders generally don’t peak till into their 30’s. Here’s hoping…

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

And all rounders generally peak later, often into their 30’s. If we can afford to carry him (and I’m not sure we can), it would be worth sticking with him. His bowling is progressing beautifully, if his batting can follow suit, Australia is on a winner. A good-to-great all rounder can really ‘make’ a team. I’m not saying MM is that all rounder, but could he possibly be? I, for one, hope so.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

This will sound terribly pessimistic but if we lose the toss and bat first at Edgbaston, I think it likely that we will lose the match and then probably the series. I would love to be proved wrong, however… If we bowl first and hit them hard, I think we’re a genuine chance to win this series. It’s weird to think that (for me at least) it all comes down to that first coin toss.

Jofra Archer in line for debut Ashes Test

Horses for courses, my dear Barney. Those selected earned it through solid-to-good performances recently. Those who weren’t, didn’t.

Bancroft, Labuschagne and Siddle in my Ashes XI

Would you like a top up for your glass? It seems to be half-empty…

Bancroft, Labuschagne and Siddle in my Ashes XI

I’m pretty comfortable with the 17 they’ve chosen (yes, I’m including Mitch Marsh in that). Where I think it will get contentious is in the final 11… Much as I would hope otherwise, I think they will select at least one of Starc or Hazlewood, which will be a mistake. Cummins, Pattinson, Siddle and Lyon should be the frontline bowlers for this Test. They could, theoretically, play MM instead of Labuschagne if they feel they need additional pace penetration, but we would lose somewhat in the batting. I really rate MM’s bowling at the moment, but I think Labuschagne offers significantly more with the bat, and probably should play ahead of Marsh. Wade is an outside chance to play at 6, his batting is in great shape and his gentle mediums could be surprisingly effective on this kind of pitch.
I like your lineup, Ronan. I think the only conundrums could be around Khawaja’s fitness and which type of all rounder they choose to plonk at 6 (assuming that’s what they want). Each choice of Marsh/Labuschagne/Wade has both positives and negatives.

Bancroft, Labuschagne and Siddle in my Ashes XI

It’s an alternate way of thinking, and I actually think that team would do reasonably well. It’ll never happen, though.

Bancroft, Labuschagne and Siddle in my Ashes XI

I agree. If Marsh is to be used, it should be as a bowling all rounder on the flatter pitches, where he actually offers more benefit. He has a good record on those flatter English pitches as a bowler, and it will suit his batting style better. I wouldn’t be playing him on a green-top, even if his type of bowling should theoretically flourish on such pitches.

Bancroft, Labuschagne and Siddle in my Ashes XI

That’s your opinion, James, and you’re welcome to it.

Forecast for a low-scoring Ashes between two weak batting line-ups

People do turn the corner, you know… His bowling has gone from ok to strong, and he was far from the worst batsman out there during this match. As much as people hate the fact that he has been given so many chances (fair enough, too), a firing MM would be amazing for Australia to have. He is a good fielder and has excellent leadership qualities, which are other factors in his favour.

As much as it may come back to bite me in the b um, I would love to see him perform, perhaps more as a bowling all rounder, as opposed to him being a batting all rounder in ODI’s.

I guess we’ll find out what the selectors think tonight.

Forecast for a low-scoring Ashes between two weak batting line-ups

I’m pretty happy with that lineup. Mitch Marsh to alternate with Labuschagne depending on the pitch, with Starc to come in for Siddle on the flatter pitches.

Forecast for a low-scoring Ashes between two weak batting line-ups