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Ronin, a relevant and astute article. Australia need to hunker down to win the Test

Flat Australia blunted by Denly and Stokes

He should have joined his cousins at the Dragons

Eels sign Campbell-Gillard

The six best batsmen on tour by averages would include Siddle and Pattinson. Starc has scored 57 runs but was not dismissed.
The six best batsmen on tour by aggregate are Smith, Labu, Wade, Head, Warner, Paine, Khawaja.
The six best batsmen on tour by runs per times at bat are Smith, Labu, Starc, Siddle, Wade, Head.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

see https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/09/11/fixing-australias-xi-for-the-fifth-ashes-test/

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Compare Marsh’s last 10 innings to those of Cummins and Starc. Ronin’s earlier article shows Marsh’s recent performance with bat and ball.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Jeff, I respect your argument.

However,I think that Starc/ Cummins/ Pattinson currently greater claims as the Australian all rounder than Marsh

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Wade has a good chance of making a big score given the Oval is meant to be a road. I suggested 5 bowlers to win this Test and to avoid overworking them and injuring them.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

It worked for the Windies in the 70s when they had Roberts, Garner, Holding and Daniel plus Collis King.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

Will is not in the squad. Warner’s form is dire…he needs to mentally recalibrate.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

The pace bowlers are all different. We have Marsh now which guarantees Starc will play. I hope they rest Cummins…they will be long innings at the Oval.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

Hi James,
Of course you’re right….my bad.

Now that Marsh is , I hope they rest Cummins, and use Siddle and Lyon alongside Starc and Hazelwood. may need a few more from our PT leg-spinners who bat at 3 and 4 too.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

Ask Steve O’Keefe

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Marsh is neither Test standard bowler or batsman. Ronin’s article demonstrates Marsh’s woeful figures over his past 10 Tests. Cummins, Starc and Pattinson have greater claims than Marsh for inclusion as an allrounder batting at number seven.
The selectors do not appear to have confidence in Paine batting at six. They should have less confidence in Marsh batting there.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

The Australian team for the final Ashes test is selected on reputation rather than form.

Only two batsmen are in form…no prizes for guessing whom.

Warner, Harris and Marsh do not have the current form for selection, perhaps only Warner has sufficient reputation. Wade’s place came from a mountain of Shield runs that have dried up in the Ashes. Bancroft and Khawaja need to a chance to open.

All the bowlers selected thus far are in form with the recent exception of Lyons who is apparently injured. The bowlers are averaging more runs than all but three of the batsmen.

If selections are made on current form then bowlers should be favoured over batsmen as I argued yesterday:

Fixing Australia’s XI for the fifth Ashes Test

The Oval is apparently favours batting suggesting long innings. Suggestions of 100 over innings appear optimistic. Innings lasting 120 overs or more seem likely. In these conditions we don’t need more batsmen, we need an extra bowler. Unfortunately Marsh’s recent record suggests he is neither adequate batsmen nor bowler.

Yesterday’s argument is now and was always academic, nevertheless, without risk there is no reward.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Marsh is not the answer. His selection suggests unreasonable hubris by the selectors.
Yesterday, I advocated playing playing 5 bowlers to manage bowler workload. Others argued to keep the traditional 6 bats, WK +4 bowlers. Marsh’s Test figures do not support him as a bowler nor as a batsman.
Marsh is currently ranked # 42 as an all-rounder by the ICC compared to Cummins-#7, Starc – #8, Labuschagne -#21, Hazelwood-#22, and Lyon-#25.

Dropping Head for Marsh was a mistake

Let’s hope that Smith and Labuschagne don’t both fail.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

There are no alternative batsmen in the touring squad. Most of the current batsmen have averages expected of bowlers. On the evidence of the current Ashes averages, nothing is lost by selecting an additional bowler.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

Marsh is not the answer. He is currently ranked # 42 as an all-rounder by the ICC compared to Cummins-#7, Starc – #8, Labuschagne -#21, Hazelwood-#22, and Lyon-#25.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

This does not address the issue of batsman underperforming or managing bowler workloads.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

Australia has succeeded in the current Ashes with only two or three batsmen making respectable scores in any one innings. Only Labuschagne and Smith are averaging above 30. Head (27.28) is the next best but is barely above Siddle’s average (26.5). Pattinson (23) compares favourably with Wade’s 25.12. Starc scored 50. Hazelwood and Cummins re certain selections. All are of course wicket takers.

Both Wade and Head are wicketkeepers not genuine part-time bowlers and cannot be expected to take wickets. Selecting five bowlers reduces Australia’s fielding time.

Cummins is sore and Lyon’s finger hurt and his bowling is less than its normal high standard. The benefit of five bowlers is it reduces their workload. Australia need to manage their bowlers to avoid compounding soreness into injury.

The selectors can only choose from within the squad and there is no adequate lower order batsman to bat at six.

Fixing Australia's XI for the fifth Ashes Test

The openers rate 0&1. Time for new openers…Khawaja and Bancroft

Australia fourth Ashes Test player ratings: Smith, Cummins and Hazlewood put in star turns to retain the urn

Play all five quicks plus Labuschagne to manage the bowlers’ workloads. The batmen are barely outscoring the bowlers anyway.

Australia fourth Ashes Test player ratings: Smith, Cummins and Hazlewood put in star turns to retain the urn

I just submitted an article that touches on this topic

Australia fourth Ashes Test player ratings: Smith, Cummins and Hazlewood put in star turns to retain the urn