Discussion in 'Cricket' started by griffo346, Mar 29, 2013.
Who would be in your ashes squad
that is all
There will be very few changes from India.
If I were head selector though, and assuming a squad of 17 like India:
Mickey Mouse has already said there will not be wholesale changes as the players we took to India are the best we have
It doesn't matter who we send. The poms couldn't beat the might of NZ so we should win 5 zip.
I just happy we aren't playing NZ lol
Was discussing it yesterday with my old man; the team I'd probably send would be -
4) Clarke (c)
6) Watson (vc)
Only reason I picked Hughes ahead of Warner is because Warner played awful in India (Mainly against quicks), and I think Hughes is a far superior player of swing / pace bowling than he is (Let's just hope he's got his eye in by the time Swann comes on)
I would happily pick Chris Rogers as a batsmen, best opener in the country at the moment, but that wont happen. I would also happily pick Joe Burns but that's unlikely to happen. Faulkner isnt quite strong enough with the bat (at this point) to go in as an all rounder, but im not against picking him. Wouldnt pick Shane Watson unless bowling. Not convinced by Khawaja. So if we picked what I wanted to see it would be
After the second Indian test I said
Michael Clarke (c)
Chris Rogers/Burns (will almost certainly be Hughes)
First test team
Henriques (Watson if he decides to bowl)
Doolans lost form though and as I said Rogers wont be chosen, so chuck in Burns and Hughes, I guess. They're our best five fast bowlers for the conditions/abilities shown so far. I think Henriques will go well if he gets another shot in England, he did alright in India and was unfortunate with a couple of dismissals after his first test.
Steve Smith probably figures as well actually, although I dont trust him against the moving ball as I do on a spinners wicket
My 1st test side to play in the 2013 ashes series in England
Watson (must be able to bowl a few)
Haddin (averages over 46 in england, best record than anywhere else)
But of course madness will prevail and we'll see Wade, Hughsey, X and Big Shyte in the squad.
I'm have no idea who I would bat at 6 but someone needs to stand up soon. Warner and Cowan are not a god opening pair but the best we have and Watson I would drop until he finds some form.
Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, henriques, Wade, Pattinson, Starc, Siddle, lyon:
backup batsmen: doolan, Smith (terrible list of batsmen tbh)
Backup alrounder: Faulkner
Backup bowlers: Harris, Hilf (wouldn't mind them taking a younger guy like hazlewood)
Backup spinner: Okeefe
Batsmen: Hughes, Cowan, Warner, Khawaja, Clarke, S Smith, Burns/Doolan
All-Rounders: Faulkner, Watson
Quicks: Siddle, Pattinson, Bird, Harris, Starc
Spinners: Lyon, O'Keefe
Smokies: Sandhu, Silk, Agar, young chap by name of Ponting who was named Sheffield Shield Player of the Year
First Test Team:
Watson (IF and only IF he can bowl) otherwise S Smith or Bird
12th Man: Bird (to play a few tests when the inevitable injury strikes Pattinson or Harris)
Faulkner is good enough to get into the side on his bowling alone. Bolsters our possibly weak batting line-up. Same with O'Keefe.
Harris is our best quick, but is way too prone.
Watson will play a key role, only if he bowls. I consider his bowling to be top class. His batting much less so.
I'd like to see something like:
I'd almost consider leaving Smith out altogether, and ensuring he gets a county gig. Get Agar and Sandhu over there playing too.
First test team something like:
Watson in for Smith or Khawaja if he bowls
O'Keefe and another batsmen to the squad
Would it be worth giving Chris Rogers a go in the ashes? The guy has 58 FC centuries and a lot of those would have come in English conditions and although he is very old (which shouldn't matter anyway as you always pick your best players but most of the time it always seems to be about the future as opposed to the present), surely he is better than some of the others that have been mentioned.
I have heard worse ideas.
Chris Rogers wouldn't be a bad choice. He has a lot of experience in England and his first class stats aren't half bad.
Huge failure when he was given a go in Perth, 7 and a duck from memory in one test match.
one test match ffs. Hussey failed in his first test and turned out alright, Waugh took 30 odd tests to make a ton etc
Writing someone off based on one test is ridiculous
Now Rogers time has probably past, but as I mentioned earlier I wouldnt mind him being picked, was probably the best bat in the Shield this year
rather see a young bloke get a go rather some one who would proabaly never play again
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