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Ashes 2019

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Pom's under the pump from Ireland.  ;D

Aussie bats struggling in warm up game.  :-[

M Marsh making a claim for a spot in the first test along with Siddle.  :o


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Predictions:

Result - Australia 3-2

Leading Run Scorer for the series - Smith 530

Leading Wicket Taker for the series - Cummins - 36 Wickets

Man of the Series - Cummins

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can't see us winning.

Not much quality in the batting, Smith aside...
Finals, then 4 in a row!

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can't see us winning.

Not much quality in the batting, Smith aside...

Poms getting flogged by Ireland in the practice test....

Wood out for series, Archer will probably miss a test or two and Anderson battling to be fit for the first test....
Their openers are also undecided, they will probably give Jason Roy his first test and we all know he can play limited overs very well but test cricket
is different and their other probable opener is Rory Burns who averages 25. Will bat deep with Butler, Ali, Woakes but will
probably have to play a new quick in Lewis Gregory or Ollie Stone...the latter is very swift but erratic and Gregory is more your county reliable swing/seamer type who can bat a bit.

Aussies to win the first test IMO but England will probably regroup when they get a few injured players back....
Warner man of match in the first test....

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We need to pick the best side though EB, Langer hasn't proven to me that he can pick the blokes that should be playing.  We have a history (in the last couple of series) of not picking the right blokes in England.  I really pity the selectors this time though.    For example, Langer loooooves Bancroft and Mitch Marsh.   But are they the best options for us?  Dunno about that. Marsh has burned us before ("but he can bowl"  pfft, so can my aunt) and Bancroft was a marginal player prior to his suspension.

I mean, Pattinson is bowling up a storm and Starc is bowling rope.  Who'd you go for?  Siddle isn't fashionable but he won't spray it around.  Starc might be a match winner....or take 0/97 off 15.

Warner will get a Guernsey...because he's Warner but his test record over there is average.

I think a proper, balanced side always has a specialist spinner...a green day one pitch (which might dry quickly BTW) might push them towards pace, yet the GOAT is the best performed Oz bowler of recent times.  Or do you pick Labusgne, who is batting solidly, a gun fielder and useful bowler?

And if Khawaja isn't fit I wouldn't be hanging out to pick him.  Needs to play cricket before being selected IMO  I remember his crap recent test form based on playing straight from rehab with no build up work. 

I wouldn't want to to be a selector but Id be going for solidity, not going all out to ace the first rubber  Its a series after all.

 
DrE is no more... you ok with that harmonica man?

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can't see us winning.

Not much quality in the batting, Smith aside...

Flyboy, their batting is woeful.
Sure they can score quickly, but that means favourable wickets for our batters, who bat much better in test conditions than theirs.

We need to pick a side to win the Ashes, not pick favourites.

Pattinson in for Starc at times.
Maybe Siddle too.
Hazlewoods form has been scratchy for 12 months.

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Deadset stunner of a decision not to include this kid Carey!
The Force Awakens!

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We need to pick the best side though EB, Langer hasn't proven to me that he can pick the blokes that should be playing.  We have a history (in the last couple of series) of not picking the right blokes in England.  I really pity the selectors this time though.    For example, Langer loooooves Bancroft and Mitch Marsh.   But are they the best options for us?  Dunno about that. Marsh has burned us before ("but he can bowl"  pfft, so can my aunt) and Bancroft was a marginal player prior to his suspension.

I mean, Pattinson is bowling up a storm and Starc is bowling rope.  Who'd you go for?  Siddle isn't fashionable but he won't spray it around.  Starc might be a match winner....or take 0/97 off 15.

Warner will get a Guernsey...because he's Warner but his test record over there is average.

I think a proper, balanced side always has a specialist spinner...a green day one pitch (which might dry quickly BTW) might push them towards pace, yet the GOAT is the best performed Oz bowler of recent times.  Or do you pick Labusgne, who is batting solidly, a gun fielder and useful bowler?

And if Khawaja isn't fit I wouldn't be hanging out to pick him.  Needs to play cricket before being selected IMO  I remember his crap recent test form based on playing straight from rehab with no build up work. 

I wouldn't want to to be a selector but Id be going for solidity, not going all out to ace the first rubber  Its a series after all.

Warner actually averaged 46 there last series.

The current game is tough to use for selection. Pommy curator gave us a raging green seamer for the practice game making it impossible for batsmen. Sure that was done on purpose.

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Warner actually averaged 46 there last series.

The current game is tough to use for selection. Pommy curator gave us a raging green seamer for the practice game making it impossible for batsmen. Sure that was done on purpose.

In 8 tests he averages 37 with a high score of 85.

They seem to get him going hard at the ball and caught in gully a lot, which is not surprising on their decks

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According to David Hussey, the pitches will all be very bowler friendly as the Poms believe that preventing our batsmen from getting away gives them their best chance.

If so, I would expect wickets to tumble and tests to finish within 4 days - unless we pick batsmen with good defensive technique against swing and seam.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be . . .

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Love the pitches to be prepared so that scores of mid to high 200s are the norm.  Makes for tough, close cricket

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According to David Hussey, the pitches will all be very bowler friendly as the Poms believe that preventing our batsmen from getting away gives them their best chance.

I agree, poor wickets favor consistent bowlers.

The blokes who spray it can still have bad days on poor wickets, and Starc is the prime global candidate for a bowler who can have a bad day on a crap wicket!

Thommo was a classic for this, some days on any wicket including Indian or West Indian roads he was unplayable, but he was just as likely to go at 0/100 on a Gabba green top!

Someone like Siddle or Hazlewood, even Behrendorff could be unplayable on a sticky wicket.
The Force Awakens!

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We need to pick the best side though EB, Langer hasn't proven to me that he can pick the blokes that should be playing.  We have a history (in the last couple of series) of not picking the right blokes in England.  I really pity the selectors this time though.    For example, Langer loooooves Bancroft and Mitch Marsh.   But are they the best options for us?  Dunno about that. Marsh has burned us before ("but he can bowl"  pfft, so can my aunt) and Bancroft was a marginal player prior to his suspension.

I mean, Pattinson is bowling up a storm and Starc is bowling rope.  Who'd you go for?  Siddle isn't fashionable but he won't spray it around.  Starc might be a match winner....or take 0/97 off 15.

Warner will get a Guernsey...because he's Warner but his test record over there is average.

I think a proper, balanced side always has a specialist spinner...a green day one pitch (which might dry quickly BTW) might push them towards pace, yet the GOAT is the best performed Oz bowler of recent times.  Or do you pick Labusgne, who is batting solidly, a gun fielder and useful bowler?

And if Khawaja isn't fit I wouldn't be hanging out to pick him.  Needs to play cricket before being selected IMO  I remember his crap recent test form based on playing straight from rehab with no build up work. 

I wouldn't want to to be a selector but Id be going for solidity, not going all out to ace the first rubber  Its a series after all.

Take your point Prof...Poms are really playing a one day team with Roy, Denly, Stokes, Butler and their reliable's in Root and Bairstow in the top order, reckon Lyon is a lock to play given that lot play the quicks ok and are aggressive hitters in the main. Think we will go with Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon first up, I'm a Pattinson fan as he is aggressive, takes wickets plus handy with the willow and probably prefer him to Hazelwood but he struggles to stay on the park and Hazelwood has that reliability factor about him

Think we need to win that first test, when they have Archer(145-150kph) and Anderson fit I think its going to get a lot harder and they will be preparing some real Anderson friendly wickets in typical english fashion.
Hoping they are a bit cocky and still wallowing in their world cup victory(steal) and not switched on and we surprise them....

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Starc and Hazelwood worry me EB.   Both have been underwhelming for a while and given the frailty of both Audra's batting,  bowling is going to be key.   On green decks 3/30 is the kind of figures you need to return,  not 4/135. 
DrE is no more... you ok with that harmonica man?

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In 8 tests he averages 37 with a high score of 85.

They seem to get him going hard at the ball and caught in gully a lot, which is not surprising on their decks

Last series he averaged 46 with 5 half centuries. 

Other 3 Tests were way back. Batted down the order after missing the first two Test for punching Joe Root.