Australia A in England 2012 July 27, 2012

Low key, high stakes

Australia A's tour of England is destined to attract few headlines, but its potential value to the nation's Ashes quest is immense
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Striding the practice grounds at Southampton among Australia A's players is the unmistakeable figure of the national selector John Inverarity, his shock of white hair rising above a school of baseball caps. Alongside him, in the dual roles of team manager and selector on duty, is Rod Marsh. Conversing also is Troy Cooley, no stranger to England and the senior man at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. Hitting slips catches is another recognisable figure, with a gait similar to his more famous father: the former Tasmania captain Dan Marsh.

For what is a low-key tour late in the English summer, this amounts to a notable gathering of Australian cricket's most influential mentors. Their presence is a pointed reminder of how much store is being placed in the information and confidence to be gleaned from this tour, ahead of the 2013 Ashes. It is the first developmental tour of England by Australia since an Under 19s visit in 1999, and the first 'A' tour of sorts since 1995.

Back then, the Young Australia team led by Stuart Law included first-time England visitors the calibre of Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer and Michael Kasprowicz. Matthew Hayden was there too, having already journeyed to England with the 1993 Ashes tourists. This formidable array of talent would win 11 and lose only three of 16 matches, foreshadowing future Test match success in England in 1997 and 2001.

Seventeen years later and the Australia A side led by Ed Cowan is not so flushed with talent, nor confidence on English shores. The last two Ashes visits have resulted in defeat, and Australia's batting stocks in particular are considered to be at a low. Inverarity's selection panel is casting far and wide in their search for players capable of taking up the mantle soon to be left by the likes of Ponting and Michael Hussey, and the results on this tour will play a large part in helping them make up their minds.

Cowan's goal is a quartet of victories in matches against Derbyshire, Durham and the England Lions, starting in Derby on Friday. To achieve this would be to generate confidence among young players who were teenagers or younger the last time Australia claimed the Ashes in England, while also adding significantly to their knowledge of the northern summer, the Dukes ball and their prospective opposition in 2013.

"On A tours there can be a development aspect and guys looking to put individual performances on the board, but the big focus for the trip is to get back into a winning habit in England," Cowan told ESPNcricinfo. "That will put us in better stead than guys having a bit more of a focus on themselves, ensuring that the team does well means the individuals will look after themselves.

"That confidence comes from winning and there is another aspect to the tour one year before an Ashes series, and that is information collection. That data is tainted significantly if it's not collected at the right intensity. So it is important that individuals get used to the feel of playing cricket in England, but one way you get used to that feel is playing good cricket, good team cricket."

The scheduling of an A tour to England is a major indicator that Cricket Australia's focus is back squarely on the Ashes, after a period in which the gaining of experience in the less familiar subcontinent was considered the more pressing challenge. Numerous tours, by A teams, Under-19s sides and Centre of Excellence intakes, helped to demystify India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, while those seeking UK grounding were welcome to resort to county or league cricket.

But the tightening of Visa requirements in recent years, coupled with the decline in Australia's results against England, has meant that CA can no longer look towards a visit to England with anything like the comfortable smugness that grew across four consecutive away Ashes wins from 1989 to 2001. In 2009 many of Australia's tourists were unfamiliar with English climes, and this tour will go some way towards ensuring no-one in the 2013 touring team is similarly naïve.

"It's probably been odd that there haven't been more A-style tours or Under-19 style tours, but that's on the back of more open immigration and guys coming over here and playing county cricket or league cricket and getting their experience that way," Cowan said. "I think because the doors have gone up a little bit on that, and considering the last two Ashes series over here, I think it is a really good idea to get guys up to speed playing cricket over here.

"When you look at the A setup over the years it has been directed towards places where guys don't play a lot of cricket generally. There's been a lot of subcontinental tours, and a lot of winter cricket in Australia to get guys up to speed. That Young Australia tour was in 1995 and the last Under-19s tour was in 1999, so it is a long time between any non-Test team playing in England - it's a pretty important development aspect, but winning is most important for guys to get up to speed."

Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey is on tour, but the man with the official title of deputy to Cowan is the batsman Peter Forrest, he of a desperately poor ODI series for Australia against England earlier this month. Forrest's lack of runs against England's limited-overs team was partly marked down to his lack of batting time in the lead-up, but the selectors are eager to observe how he responds during the A tour, with the benefit of an extra month in the UK.

"You can judge guys over a long period of time and Pete's a high quality cricketer who didn't score as many runs in the ODI series as he would've wished," Cowan said. "He's really looking forward to taking a step back from that spotlight of international cricket and getting back to spending some time in the crease, being able to build an innings, all the things that can be hard coming into an ODI series off the back of no cricket.

"I think the culture of Australian cricket is strong, from my experiences in the Test team, but there are probably areas where it could get stronger. Culture is a strong word that is being thrown around a lot at the moment, and the keys to a strong culture are getting the right leaders and good people in the right places."
Ed Cowan on Australian cricket's culture

"Part of cricket and becoming a good cricketer is responding to challenges, and this is probably a point where a little challenge has been thrown up to Pete and I've got no doubt that he'll overcome that. The challenge of batting at the top of the order is overcoming failure and finding a way to score runs in different conditions. He'll be better for that experience and I'm expecting big runs for him on the tour."

As for Cowan, the tour is almost as critical personally as it will be collectively. Having established himself as a part of the Australia Test team without quite making the runs his position demands, he will have valuable training for the distractions of the international summer by juggling his own batting with the demands of leading a young team.

"Test cricket is not just about what goes on in the middle, so to have a few things happening away from solely batting, it is good practice," Cowan said. "It's something that I'm looking forward to, the whole leadership aspect is something I haven't had a whole lot of opportunity to do, but something that I feel as though I can contribute with.

"Not just in a team sense but actually helping guys get better and really create a culture within the A team that can mirror the Test team and that guys moving through into either the Test or ODI teams have a really strong sense of team. I think the culture of Australian cricket is strong, from my experiences in the Test team, but there are probably areas where it could get stronger.

"Culture is a strong word that is being thrown around a lot at the moment, and the keys to a strong culture are getting the right leaders and good people in the right places. So people like George or Dan have fantastic information but there are other strong leaders in this A team and Australian cricket. A couple of state captains, even guys who've played Test cricket like Mitchell Johnson, will be looked upon as leaders with a job to do.

"Good cultures aren't created by a single person, they're created by lots of people coming together and wanting to move in the right direction."

Those people include Inverarity, Cooley and the Marshes. Theirs is a fervent hope this tour will allow Australian cricket to look towards next year's Ashes with far more optimism than dread.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @MattyP1979 - you started off so nicely!

  • Marcio on July 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Looks like good batting conditions for the game. I can only assume it must be a smalll ground with a fast outfield, judging by the % of runs coming in boundaries in all innings - lots of fours and very few 2s and 3s. Just noted that from looking at the cricinfo commentary.

  • MattyP1979 on July 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    As a pom I would love to see the back of Cowan. He is an opening batsman, and like a keeper it is a specialist pos, which you can forgive a slightly lower avg. He will never be a great of the game, something you lads keep pinning on who ever gets the baggy green this week. He doesn't set the world aflame or score quickly but he tires bowlers out, get rid of the new ball (runs are a bonus IMHO). As a pom though can you please bring back Hughes/Smith/Scatter-gun-Mitch/Beer/Warner.

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    @Marcio - Warner should be confident on the UAE pitches, but Pakistan do have an bowling outfit well suited to ODIs in those conditions. The key I think is getting their batsmen out cheaply & not letting Afridi bat for long. @ landl47 - I find the Lions squad to be a really good one, although I think their batting is stronger than their bowling, but then again I rated Derbyshire's current side as mediocre & that didn't turn out too well!

  • landl47 on July 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Cowan seems like a very genuine guy and a good thinker about and analyst of the game. In a tour like this, that's probably more important than his playing role, though it was nice to see he got a hundred first time out. Batting is definitely going to be the challenge for Australia over the next few years, so it will be interesting to see if any of the batsmen in the squad are able to make a case for being on the Ashes tour. The bowling is pretty useful; I really rate Starc, Lyon has started well in test cricket and I'm looking forward to seeing how Cutting, Bird and McDermott shape up. The England Lions are a side of players right on the fringe of the England team, so if Aus A can beat them it will be an encouraging performance for them and a wake-up call (as if we needed another one!) for England.

  • on July 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    yur guys just get on wioth the game please,, go win it all

  • popcorn on July 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    This is excellent planning.Really focussed on winning back the urn.And that WILL happen in 2013, for sure. Well done, Selectors.

  • Marcio on July 28, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Hmm, @meaty I don't recall exactly what I wrote, all I seem to recall is conte tha using the result with the 6-1 result in AUS. Anyway, Pakistan will be tough. In fact there are some tough series coming up, no doubt about it. I think we might do well against SA. I think Warner will love the conditions, and get heaps of runs, and the young quicks will like conditions too. Realistically, though , these guys are a year or three from peaking, and the Saffas don't mind our conditions either.

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Marcio - agreed, I was specifically thinking of the ODI series v England. I didn't agree with aspects of what you said, but I know that there were plenty of things said by the other side of the fence.@Fourworldcups - I think the Pakistan series is more in line with what we expect of an ODI squad.

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @jezzastyles... Been saying the same about our bowlers for years & the only century in the WI's was Wades - says a lot about our top 6... At least this top order has started a tour with runs on the board...

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @MattyP1979 - you started off so nicely!

  • Marcio on July 29, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Looks like good batting conditions for the game. I can only assume it must be a smalll ground with a fast outfield, judging by the % of runs coming in boundaries in all innings - lots of fours and very few 2s and 3s. Just noted that from looking at the cricinfo commentary.

  • MattyP1979 on July 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    As a pom I would love to see the back of Cowan. He is an opening batsman, and like a keeper it is a specialist pos, which you can forgive a slightly lower avg. He will never be a great of the game, something you lads keep pinning on who ever gets the baggy green this week. He doesn't set the world aflame or score quickly but he tires bowlers out, get rid of the new ball (runs are a bonus IMHO). As a pom though can you please bring back Hughes/Smith/Scatter-gun-Mitch/Beer/Warner.

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    @Marcio - Warner should be confident on the UAE pitches, but Pakistan do have an bowling outfit well suited to ODIs in those conditions. The key I think is getting their batsmen out cheaply & not letting Afridi bat for long. @ landl47 - I find the Lions squad to be a really good one, although I think their batting is stronger than their bowling, but then again I rated Derbyshire's current side as mediocre & that didn't turn out too well!

  • landl47 on July 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Cowan seems like a very genuine guy and a good thinker about and analyst of the game. In a tour like this, that's probably more important than his playing role, though it was nice to see he got a hundred first time out. Batting is definitely going to be the challenge for Australia over the next few years, so it will be interesting to see if any of the batsmen in the squad are able to make a case for being on the Ashes tour. The bowling is pretty useful; I really rate Starc, Lyon has started well in test cricket and I'm looking forward to seeing how Cutting, Bird and McDermott shape up. The England Lions are a side of players right on the fringe of the England team, so if Aus A can beat them it will be an encouraging performance for them and a wake-up call (as if we needed another one!) for England.

  • on July 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    yur guys just get on wioth the game please,, go win it all

  • popcorn on July 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    This is excellent planning.Really focussed on winning back the urn.And that WILL happen in 2013, for sure. Well done, Selectors.

  • Marcio on July 28, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Hmm, @meaty I don't recall exactly what I wrote, all I seem to recall is conte tha using the result with the 6-1 result in AUS. Anyway, Pakistan will be tough. In fact there are some tough series coming up, no doubt about it. I think we might do well against SA. I think Warner will love the conditions, and get heaps of runs, and the young quicks will like conditions too. Realistically, though , these guys are a year or three from peaking, and the Saffas don't mind our conditions either.

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    @Marcio - agreed, I was specifically thinking of the ODI series v England. I didn't agree with aspects of what you said, but I know that there were plenty of things said by the other side of the fence.@Fourworldcups - I think the Pakistan series is more in line with what we expect of an ODI squad.

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @jezzastyles... Been saying the same about our bowlers for years & the only century in the WI's was Wades - says a lot about our top 6... At least this top order has started a tour with runs on the board...

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    @Hippiantor... Agree... Seems facts are getting in the way of a story with hypocrisy written all over it...

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree on Hyclass - I'll wait & see how things go over the whole series - especially the 4 dayers against the Eng A team at the end... Seems some have prefixed ideas that are locked in stone & unable to change to circumstances & team requirements, let alone completely fabricate stories to make their comments sound "rational"... Time will tell, as it always does...

  • on July 28, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Good to see Aus A scoring at a fair clip, even if it is against a not so top notch attack.

    Looking forward to seeing Khawaja bat against Aus A! It's like having 12 of them practising :)

  • on July 27, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    well about 1/2 of the posters here have got a bit of egg on their face, cowan makes 109 off 123 balls not only is he scoring runs but he scored them at a top notch pace. given the resposiblity of captian i think cowan has stepped up on all accounts and i look forward to him continuing his efforts for AUS

  • jezzastyles on July 27, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    RandyOz: given that David Warner is going to be at one end in the foreseeable future, I don't mind Cowan at the other end. Whilst he hasn't grasped his opportunity with both hands, neither has he completely butchered it. He had a few poor decisions not go his way in AUS. At least he scored runs in this game. Good to see Phil Hughes back amongst the runs - we'll need as many lefties as possible against Steyn this summer. Most AUS batsmen failed to impress in the WI tour - in fact, the 1st test would have been lost were it not for the all too often called-upon heroics of the tail, Ryan Harris in particular. We've got to #2 ranking largely on the backs of our bowlers, about time the batsmen stepped up. Clarke deserves a lot more credit than he's given getting this side to #2 in such an "under the radar" manner, fine captaincy on his part. Cowan HAS to talk to the media - part of his role now - no need to criticise him for doing that.

  • Hippiantor on July 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @hyclass I originally wasn't a fan of Cowan when he was first selected in Test thinking that he hadn't had sustained success in first-class cricket. I then went back to check his record and saw that he had averaged 50 in FC class cricket over the previous 3 years. This included Aus A and other tour matches. I would have thought after seeing countless posts of yours on performance based selection and your apparent knowledge of stats that you would have recognized this. It is rather disappointing to see your continual negative views on Aus cricket. I don't call myself a Cowan fan, but he is currently deserves to be our Test opener based on his FC performance. No Aus batsman truly mastered the WI conditions and his games against India were mediocre. Lets see how things pan out and give him a fair go!

  • Marcio on July 27, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Actually i have said very little about any opposition teams, @Meety, except in the context of one group of supporters who have contantly bagged Australia even when they have done well - and even then I only ever refer to specific facts - such as home and away records - and obvious truths. I almost never bag individual players or make generic put downs of other teams. Oh, and Cowan just bought up his century, accelerating to a strike rate of 80 after a slow start. @Randy Oz Cowan's first class average is about 12 runs above his tet average, so it is reasonable to assume he'll pick the average up over time. He might even be like Clarke and Prior (or was it Bell?), who average more in tests than 1st class.

  • Wozzz on July 27, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    For goodness sake give Ed Cowan a break.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Marcio - at times I've disagreed with some of the things you've said about other sides, but I agree 200% with what you said here. I am patriotically Ozzy, & the thing I hate the most above all else on this site, is the constant bagging of our players from our own "supporters". Sometimes I wonder whther the average Ozzy even likes cricket. IMO Cowan is having a crack - & I really respect that. You are right, he HAS to talk to the media, even on a low profile jaunt like this. @LewisEdwards - bear in mind that Cowan's FC average is superior to Forrest & he is the captain & has media responsibilities - he has to say something. @ RandyOZ - actually, his FC average is far superior to his Test average, so there is every chance he can turn his stats around internationally, whether there are better options than Cowan is a different matter.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @ hyclass - I understand that you want other options used in the opening spot, any long term contributor this site knows your position. Can you just sit back & accept that atm, your desired strategy is not on the table (rightly or wrongly) & wish a player well. Whether Cowan is any good or not is beside the fact that he appears to me, to be a decent human being & therfor self promotion is a harsh analysis. He is an Ozzy having a crack, he has gradually hauled his FC average up from a lowly 30 odd, to over 40, & he has merit. The WI tour was a foreign environment & scoring was tough (historically over the last decade the toughest place to score runs in the world). He has not cemented his Baggy Green (IMO), but I really think you should cut him some slack - he is NOT Hilditch or Sutherland, he is just a bloke trying to get the best out of his talents he can & just happens to be quite eloquent at the same time. BTW - he's doing ok against a slightly below average County attack!

  • chad_reid on July 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    LOL I JUST CANT STOP LAUGHING AT SEEING STEVEN SMITH IN THIS TEAM THEY HAVE ALREADY GOT HIM BACK IN THE ODIS AND NOW TRYING TO GET HIM IN THE TEST SIDE WHAT A JOKE THE SELECTORS ARE KEEP PICKING HIM EVEN WITH ALL THE FAILURES HIS TECHNIQUE WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

  • jmcilhinney on July 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    With the first tour game being against Derbyshire, I'm sure Usman Khawaja won't mind the opportunity to play in front of a couple of Australia selectors. One wonders whether he might have been included in this touring party if he wasn't already playing in England. Surely he can't be too far from the selectors minds. If he can impress against three Aus A bowlers with Test experience and ten back that up with a good Shield summer then we may see him back in England next summer.

  • Marcio on July 27, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @LewisEdwards and @hyclass, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for your claims about excuses and self-promotion by Cowan in this article, which makes me wonder why you have decided to invent the claims. He's the captain, and part of his job is to talk to media. Simple! He's doing a good job, and his form has been great in county cricket I believe. So give the guy a break!

  • RandyOZ on July 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Cowan's test average mimicks his shield average. Make no mistake this is no coincidence.Form is temporary (lack of) class is permanent.

  • RandyOZ on July 27, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    If I was Ed Coiwan I would not be worrying about media performances like this. When you have Phil Hughes topping the county system putting extremem pressure on him I'd be getting out of the media and into the nets.

  • Paul_Rampley on July 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Cowan needs to stop giving commentary on other batsman(i.e Forrest) that are better then him when he is only averaging 29 for Australia. Focus on getting runs man and stop commentating on other players' prospects.

  • hyclass on July 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Subtle Ed Cowan. An excellent self promoter who never misses an opportunity in article or interview to dismiss his results in Test cricket as being relevant. From his failures in the WI onwards,each article in which he expresses an opinion has sought to attack the idea that batting results in Test cricket are the most important measuring tool. It's simply not good enough.In this article,he uses the line,'Test cricket is not just about what goes on in the middle..'.Anyone who has that perspective doesn't belong in a position of leadership. Test cricket is ONLY about what goes on in the middle.Like an excellent waiter at a quality restaurant,all else in a supporting capacity should remain inconspicuous and the quality of the experience become self evident through the results.Whether Ed succeeds or otherwise is in his own hands.To attempt to influence or diminish the observations of those who believe that cricket,like all success in life is inevitably measured by results,shows poor ethos.

  • Fourworldcups on July 27, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    It's beyond me why, with this in the pipeline, CA didn't use this rather than the ODI series as a means of (re)assessing players like Bailey, Smith and Johnson for Test contention for the Ashes. They could have in turn sent a proper ODI side and rewarded deserving 50-over players who have a strong record in the format - Ferguson, Christian, Hodge etc etc. The result would have been very different.

  • maddinson on July 27, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    got to know that Cummins has been replaced by young McDermott and Pattinson won't be taking part in this tour.

  • Hippiantor on July 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Really looking forward to these matches, in particular the performances of Pattinson, Starc, Cooper, Burns, and Bird. Forrest would want to make some runs, as ODI form has been atrocious and could slip off the Test radar rather quickly with a poor series.

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  • Hippiantor on July 27, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Really looking forward to these matches, in particular the performances of Pattinson, Starc, Cooper, Burns, and Bird. Forrest would want to make some runs, as ODI form has been atrocious and could slip off the Test radar rather quickly with a poor series.

  • maddinson on July 27, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    got to know that Cummins has been replaced by young McDermott and Pattinson won't be taking part in this tour.

  • Fourworldcups on July 27, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    It's beyond me why, with this in the pipeline, CA didn't use this rather than the ODI series as a means of (re)assessing players like Bailey, Smith and Johnson for Test contention for the Ashes. They could have in turn sent a proper ODI side and rewarded deserving 50-over players who have a strong record in the format - Ferguson, Christian, Hodge etc etc. The result would have been very different.

  • hyclass on July 27, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Subtle Ed Cowan. An excellent self promoter who never misses an opportunity in article or interview to dismiss his results in Test cricket as being relevant. From his failures in the WI onwards,each article in which he expresses an opinion has sought to attack the idea that batting results in Test cricket are the most important measuring tool. It's simply not good enough.In this article,he uses the line,'Test cricket is not just about what goes on in the middle..'.Anyone who has that perspective doesn't belong in a position of leadership. Test cricket is ONLY about what goes on in the middle.Like an excellent waiter at a quality restaurant,all else in a supporting capacity should remain inconspicuous and the quality of the experience become self evident through the results.Whether Ed succeeds or otherwise is in his own hands.To attempt to influence or diminish the observations of those who believe that cricket,like all success in life is inevitably measured by results,shows poor ethos.

  • Paul_Rampley on July 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Cowan needs to stop giving commentary on other batsman(i.e Forrest) that are better then him when he is only averaging 29 for Australia. Focus on getting runs man and stop commentating on other players' prospects.

  • RandyOZ on July 27, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    If I was Ed Coiwan I would not be worrying about media performances like this. When you have Phil Hughes topping the county system putting extremem pressure on him I'd be getting out of the media and into the nets.

  • RandyOZ on July 27, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Cowan's test average mimicks his shield average. Make no mistake this is no coincidence.Form is temporary (lack of) class is permanent.

  • Marcio on July 27, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @LewisEdwards and @hyclass, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for your claims about excuses and self-promotion by Cowan in this article, which makes me wonder why you have decided to invent the claims. He's the captain, and part of his job is to talk to media. Simple! He's doing a good job, and his form has been great in county cricket I believe. So give the guy a break!

  • jmcilhinney on July 27, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    With the first tour game being against Derbyshire, I'm sure Usman Khawaja won't mind the opportunity to play in front of a couple of Australia selectors. One wonders whether he might have been included in this touring party if he wasn't already playing in England. Surely he can't be too far from the selectors minds. If he can impress against three Aus A bowlers with Test experience and ten back that up with a good Shield summer then we may see him back in England next summer.

  • chad_reid on July 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    LOL I JUST CANT STOP LAUGHING AT SEEING STEVEN SMITH IN THIS TEAM THEY HAVE ALREADY GOT HIM BACK IN THE ODIS AND NOW TRYING TO GET HIM IN THE TEST SIDE WHAT A JOKE THE SELECTORS ARE KEEP PICKING HIM EVEN WITH ALL THE FAILURES HIS TECHNIQUE WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET