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Re: Ashes 2019

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Australia's Ashes squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #31
That's the biggest squad ever.
DrE is no more... you ok with that harmonica man?

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Reply #32
That's the biggest squad ever.

Might need them all...England have Ireland 8-36...Woakes and Broad doing the damage.....Looks like Joffra Archer will be fit for the 1st test and will play in a T20 game for Sussex.

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #33
Woakes is that typically annoying bits and pieces pommy player who looks pedestrian much of the time,  then puts in a performance like that. In the 90's our batters "broke" such blokes early and they became pie chuckers..... Can't see that happening this tour,  he'll have his day out at some stage.
DrE is no more... you ok with that harmonica man?

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #34
Woakes is that typically annoying bits and pieces pommy player who looks pedestrian much of the time,  then puts in a performance like that. In the 90's our batters "broke" such blokes early and they became pie chuckers..... Can't see that happening this tour,  he'll have his day out at some stage.

Woakes was a spud but is a decent cricketer now, seems to be bowling quicker and also moving the ball both ways, is also handy with the bat and an excellent fielder.
I think he will take over from Anderson as their front line swing bowler and will have one or two days out this test series. Broad also seems back to his best, the Irish are rubbish
batters but I was more interested in how Broad was bowling the right length and getting movement both ways, no short or wide stuff either, everything at the stumps, he isnt quick anymore but his
height still makes him awkward.
The thing that really sticks out for me is the pommy fielding, they dont have many dud fielders and they catch everything so our blokes need to be tight in technique and not waving the bat or they wont get many second chances.

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #35
Australia's Ashes squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

FMD, no Carey!
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Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #37
While many of us old enough loved the era of watching Lillie and Thompson turn The Poms into a puddle of pitch jelly, and we were all probably mesmerised by Warne's magic acts, there is something strangely compelling about the Ashes series starting tonight.

It feels like I'll be watching a Sir David Attenborough "Survival of the Fittest on the Serengeti" type documentary with the dishevelled rising on their last legs for one final shot at a winner take all battle in enemy territory!

As a result, I suspect it could go one of two ways with nothing much in between, The Rumble in the Jungle(Ali v Foreman) or Once and For All(Tyson v Spinks)!
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Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #38
I really hope they don't make the mistake of having a batting lineup dominated by lefties......unfortunately this is exactly what looks like happening with Langer virtually assuring Kawahja's spot.  How he can do this is mind boggling.....Kawajah is just not the bloke you want to be batting 3 in an Ashes series....he just saps us of all momentum, or digs a bigger hole if we lose an early one.

Starc or Hazelwood to miss out hopefully.
Life is pain....... anyone who says differently is selling something.

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #39
I really hope they don't make the mistake of having a batting lineup dominated by lefties......unfortunately this is exactly what looks like happening with Langer virtually assuring Kawahja's spot.  How he can do this is mind boggling.....Kawajah is just not the bloke you want to be batting 3 in an Ashes series....he just saps us of all momentum, or digs a bigger hole if we lose an early one.

Starc or Hazelwood to miss out hopefully.

Really?

Warner
Bancroft
Khawaja
Smith
Head
Wade
Paine

3 of those 7 are right handed?
GF in 2019, then 3 flags back to back!

Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #40
Really?

Warner
Bancroft
Khawaja
Smith
Head
Wade
Paine

3 of those 7 are right handed?

All the talk is about playing Harris as opener as well though... that would make it 5 out of 7...and 5 out of 6 specialist batsmen.  I hope they don't pick him quite frankly.  You line up is pretty much the same as the one I'd go for.

Life is pain....... anyone who says differently is selling something.

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Reply #41
Carey must be having nightmares, on form he is a mile ahead of half that lineup, including the captain!
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Re: Ashes 2019

Reply #42
All the talk is about playing Harris as opener as well though... that would make it 5 out of 7...and 5 out of 6 specialist batsmen.  I hope they don't pick him quite frankly.  You line up is pretty much the same as the one I'd go for.

Bancroft is Langer's boy - he's a shoe in.
GF in 2019, then 3 flags back to back!

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Reply #43
The more predictable you are at the selection table the easier it is to plan your demise, we have a welded on selection approach.

Langer seems to favor experience, repetition and opportunity over form lines. I suspect this mentality delivers sporadic big victories, but it doesn't necessarily get you a series win, and the Ashes is a series not a single point of victory.
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Reply #44
Carey must be having nightmares, on form he is a mile ahead of half that lineup, including the captain!

Red ball and white ball cricket are alot different. Carey averages 29 in first class cricket. Paine averages 35 in Test Cricket.

Who would he replace?