The Ashes 2013 April 23, 2013

Who could be Australia's Ashes bolters?

Australia's selectors will name the Ashes squad on Wednesday. Here, ESPNcricinfo runs the rule over five men from the fringes who might have been considered by John Inverarity's panel
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Chris Rogers
What do Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott all have in common? None of them have made as many runs in county cricket as Chris Rogers. For the past nine years, Rogers has been spending his Australian winters on the county circuit and has piled up 9375 first-class runs at an average of 54.19 for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Middlesex combined. He started this season with another pair of half-centuries at Trent Bridge. At 35, Rogers may not be a long-term Test prospect but he could be an ideal man for the short-term requirements of back-to-back Ashes series this year, especially given his knowledge of English conditions. Only Ricky Ponting and Mark Cosgrove scored more Sheffield Shield runs last summer than Rogers, whose only Test appearance came five years ago. The tour of India showed that in the post-Michael Hussey era, Australia's batting order looks as fragile as Pat Cummins' body and Rogers, who has more than 19,000 first-class runs to his name, could be the man to strengthen it.

Shaun Marsh
Australia's domestic batting stocks might not have the depth the selectors would like but even so it has been surprising that Shaun Marsh's name has emerged over the past few days as a potential Ashes tourist. Marsh's talent is not in question; he showed by scoring 141 on Test debut in Sri Lanka in 2011 that he can play at the elite level. But he has not been the same since he suffered a back injury on the 2011 tour of South Africa and nothing in his first-class form suggests a recall is warranted. Since that South African trip he has scored 364 first-class runs at an average of 17.33. He was the leading run scorer in the Big Bash League last season but the selectors should have learnt from their Xavier Doherty mistake in India: you don't pick Test players based on limited-overs form.

Ashton Agar
Nathan Lyon will be Australia's first-choice spinner in the Ashes squad but the question of who will provide backup is a fascinating one. Certainly it cannot be Doherty after his limited impact in India, and the allrounder Glenn Maxwell is not yet a frontline bowler. That could mean a rapid promotion for Ashton Agar, who made his first-class debut in January. A tall left-arm spinner who impressed the selectors when he travelled with the Test squad at the start of the Indian tour to gain experience, Agar finished the Shield season with 19 wickets at 28.42 in five games; among spinners only Steve O'Keefe took more. Agar also showed himself to be a very handy lower-order batsman and scored two half-centuries in his five matches. At 19, Agar remains raw but given the lack of spin options around Australia he would be far from the worst choice.

Fawad Ahmed
If he had an Australian passport, Fawad Ahmed would be a near certainty to be part of this squad but unless the federal government fast-tracks his citizenship, he will not be eligible to play for Australia until the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval. A more likely scenario is that he will play a part in the home Ashes series later this year. Still, he will always be in the back of the minds of the selectors, given how impressive he has been this summer. A legspinner from Pakistan who was last year granted permanent residency in Australia, Ahmed turns the ball sharply and collected 16 wickets at 28.37 in three Shield games for Victoria this season. The retired batsman Damien Martyn faced Ahmed this season and said he was the best spinner in Australia since Shane Warne, and Stuart MacGill said he was "definitely worth a place in the Ashes squad". But unless Cricket Australia has inside information that a passport is on its way to Ahmed, he will have to wait.

Chadd Sayers
Fast bowling is far from the biggest problem area faced by John Inverarity and his selection panel. Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Jackson Bird, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile - there are plenty of options from whom to choose. But if they look to the most recent Shield season they will see at the top of the wicket tally the name of Chadd Sayers, who claimed 48 victims for South Australia at an average of 18.52. Despite the long list of candidates who have built credentials over a longer period than Sayers, what might just give him the sniff of a chance is the way he takes many of his wickets: with late outswing to the right-handers. In England, that is a style that has proven effective in the past, and it is not completely out of the question that he could sneak in for the final fast-bowling slot in the squad. If not, he should at least pack his bags for the Australia A series in England.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Sunil_Batra on April 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Fantastic to see Ryan Harris name being bandied around again. When fit, he's our best. Bowled a lot of overs in the Shield final so far, so it will be interesting to see how he finishes up physically. Amith Khawaja is a lock in not a bolter, he has scored 90% of his runs on green decks(i.e 138 at Hobart, couple of 50s at AB Oval and 88 on debut on a green Gabba deck). Against swing you won't find too many better younger batsman then Khawaja. Smith on the other hand is very good against spin. I think Warner will be a good opener for Australia, I hope so at least. But right now what he needs is a wake up call. He needs to be dropped, told to play first class cricket instead of limited overs hit and giggle and work on batting long. Work on building an innings. Work on his concentration and eliminating brain fades and getting out to loose shots.

  • Flemo_Gilly on April 23, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    For the sake of putting names out there, I think I'd go with Paine before Haddin now, and start working for the future properly. I'd get Khawaja in for this series and give him the full series as he is one of our better talents. Shaun Marsh didn't do enough in shield this year and needs a solid shield season before he is bought in. I do like like Mitch Marsh (who I've mentioned before MIGHT be the genuine no.7 bat-more than hndy bowler we are looking for). And I know Chris Rogers' record is second to none, but I think if we're going to head into a proper rebuilding phase, it should be done properly with another young opener. I dont think you can rebuild with 36yo players but i know Cowan is not exactly a youngster anymore as well.

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @simonsays on (April 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT) - not so sure County is stronger than Shield. They play MCCU games at the start of the year where the MCCU teams are barely 1st grade standard in an Oz capital city (counted as FC). Then I think there is a vast gulf between Div 1 & Div 2. Also - Rogers & DHussey have tended to carve up over there, but not so in the Shield. Currently journeymen like Hogan & Magoffin have been well & truely amongst the wickets too. I think County is an essential finishing school for young Ozzy cricketers & you do get a lot of variety in the type of player that you'd face, but there are some gross mismatches too.

  • on April 25, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Does anybody remember Pat Cunmmins? Still injured? Whats the story? He should be going to England if fit!

  • simonsays on April 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Can't say I have seen this Sam Robson, but why don't we pay more attention to county cricket here (and by 'we' I mean C.A)? Clearly it is a stronger competition than the current Sheffield Shield, and in English conditions - with benefits for both S.A tours and home matches given the penchant for seaming and swinging pitches. Chris Rogers I am well versed with and have been a fan for a very long time. He reminds me of some past great players like Lehmann and Hayden who racked up the first class runs, but this time without being rewarded with a real shot.

    Good points guys. Will be keen to see if Invers wakes up to the fact he's jailed by ideology. Break free mate. For the benefit of Australian Cricket!!!

  • on April 24, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @saplinglittle

    Johnson has simply been outclassed by the next batch of young pacemen. Mitch is a very good ODI and T20 player but is horribly inconsistent in test matches. He averages 26 at home (with his best ground being the WACA where he averages 20) and 35 away. I hope he only plays at the WACA from here on, failing that I hope he only plays at home, and failing that he will more than likely be taken to pieces by England and South Africa over the next year.

  • Meety on April 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    @Peter Warrington - he just hit his 1st County ton last week - & is averaging about 38-39 - which makes him better than Marsh IMO! I think his selection is about as likely as Katich! I was just puffing! @Chris_P on (April 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT) - re: Robson - I think he is close to qualifying for England, but who knows - the right word in the ear.... I went cold on Paine, & I have confidence that Wade will improve & I don't think he is as bad as some say. I remember Rod Irony Marsh wasn't the best when he started off & Wade has about as many stumpings as him already! He has gone backwards in the last year. I know what you mean about deed poll! I'd like to throw Cosgrove into the equation as a player who (despite his shape), is invisible to selectors! On another thread - I named TWENTY players who had better ACTUAL claims to a top 4 batting position than S Marsh - I included Copeland, Cutting & Krezja! Sad but TRUE!

  • Jonathan_E on April 23, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Out of all Australia's fast bowling options, why no mention of Doug "The Rug" Bollinger, who has the best Test average of all of them but hasn't played for two years? He is playing other cricket, therefore it's not injury that rules him out...

  • Chris_P on April 23, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @ saplinglittle Mitch Johnson? You're kidding, right?

  • Chris_P on April 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @Meety, a good point but I read somewhere where Robson is tossing his hat in the England ring & has committed to try to get into the English squad. Rogers & O'Keefe should change their names by deed poll to Marsh so selectors know they are about. Paine should be a bolter (in my books he should be the first keeper picked) but sadly, won't be selected.

  • Sunil_Batra on April 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Fantastic to see Ryan Harris name being bandied around again. When fit, he's our best. Bowled a lot of overs in the Shield final so far, so it will be interesting to see how he finishes up physically. Amith Khawaja is a lock in not a bolter, he has scored 90% of his runs on green decks(i.e 138 at Hobart, couple of 50s at AB Oval and 88 on debut on a green Gabba deck). Against swing you won't find too many better younger batsman then Khawaja. Smith on the other hand is very good against spin. I think Warner will be a good opener for Australia, I hope so at least. But right now what he needs is a wake up call. He needs to be dropped, told to play first class cricket instead of limited overs hit and giggle and work on batting long. Work on building an innings. Work on his concentration and eliminating brain fades and getting out to loose shots.

  • Flemo_Gilly on April 23, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    For the sake of putting names out there, I think I'd go with Paine before Haddin now, and start working for the future properly. I'd get Khawaja in for this series and give him the full series as he is one of our better talents. Shaun Marsh didn't do enough in shield this year and needs a solid shield season before he is bought in. I do like like Mitch Marsh (who I've mentioned before MIGHT be the genuine no.7 bat-more than hndy bowler we are looking for). And I know Chris Rogers' record is second to none, but I think if we're going to head into a proper rebuilding phase, it should be done properly with another young opener. I dont think you can rebuild with 36yo players but i know Cowan is not exactly a youngster anymore as well.

  • Meety on April 26, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @simonsays on (April 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT) - not so sure County is stronger than Shield. They play MCCU games at the start of the year where the MCCU teams are barely 1st grade standard in an Oz capital city (counted as FC). Then I think there is a vast gulf between Div 1 & Div 2. Also - Rogers & DHussey have tended to carve up over there, but not so in the Shield. Currently journeymen like Hogan & Magoffin have been well & truely amongst the wickets too. I think County is an essential finishing school for young Ozzy cricketers & you do get a lot of variety in the type of player that you'd face, but there are some gross mismatches too.

  • on April 25, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Does anybody remember Pat Cunmmins? Still injured? Whats the story? He should be going to England if fit!

  • simonsays on April 24, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Can't say I have seen this Sam Robson, but why don't we pay more attention to county cricket here (and by 'we' I mean C.A)? Clearly it is a stronger competition than the current Sheffield Shield, and in English conditions - with benefits for both S.A tours and home matches given the penchant for seaming and swinging pitches. Chris Rogers I am well versed with and have been a fan for a very long time. He reminds me of some past great players like Lehmann and Hayden who racked up the first class runs, but this time without being rewarded with a real shot.

    Good points guys. Will be keen to see if Invers wakes up to the fact he's jailed by ideology. Break free mate. For the benefit of Australian Cricket!!!

  • on April 24, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @saplinglittle

    Johnson has simply been outclassed by the next batch of young pacemen. Mitch is a very good ODI and T20 player but is horribly inconsistent in test matches. He averages 26 at home (with his best ground being the WACA where he averages 20) and 35 away. I hope he only plays at the WACA from here on, failing that I hope he only plays at home, and failing that he will more than likely be taken to pieces by England and South Africa over the next year.

  • Meety on April 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    @Peter Warrington - he just hit his 1st County ton last week - & is averaging about 38-39 - which makes him better than Marsh IMO! I think his selection is about as likely as Katich! I was just puffing! @Chris_P on (April 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT) - re: Robson - I think he is close to qualifying for England, but who knows - the right word in the ear.... I went cold on Paine, & I have confidence that Wade will improve & I don't think he is as bad as some say. I remember Rod Irony Marsh wasn't the best when he started off & Wade has about as many stumpings as him already! He has gone backwards in the last year. I know what you mean about deed poll! I'd like to throw Cosgrove into the equation as a player who (despite his shape), is invisible to selectors! On another thread - I named TWENTY players who had better ACTUAL claims to a top 4 batting position than S Marsh - I included Copeland, Cutting & Krezja! Sad but TRUE!

  • Jonathan_E on April 23, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Out of all Australia's fast bowling options, why no mention of Doug "The Rug" Bollinger, who has the best Test average of all of them but hasn't played for two years? He is playing other cricket, therefore it's not injury that rules him out...

  • Chris_P on April 23, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @ saplinglittle Mitch Johnson? You're kidding, right?

  • Chris_P on April 23, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @Meety, a good point but I read somewhere where Robson is tossing his hat in the England ring & has committed to try to get into the English squad. Rogers & O'Keefe should change their names by deed poll to Marsh so selectors know they are about. Paine should be a bolter (in my books he should be the first keeper picked) but sadly, won't be selected.

  • GeoffreysMother on April 23, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Just one little bit of missing logic - Cook, Pietersen, Bell and Trott have actually been playing Test Match Cricket not county cricket in the last few years! Rogers is a very good county pro, but he is no where near the quality of Di Venuto, Law, Cox , Lehmann or Hussey who bossed county cricket ten years ago. Still he probably gets into the Aussie batting line up as second pick after Clarke. He has certainly done better in England than Kahwaja and Hughes. You could do worse than get a couple of spare saffers on a quick passport - we've even got a couple spare you could have.

  • saplinglittle on April 23, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    what happened to Mitch Johnson?

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Meety, great call on Sam Robson, I used to follow his progress in grade, where he started as a leggie but progressed up the order. I played for the Uni in the 80s when his dad Jungle was the club stalwart. Geed me on in the last over of the Intervarsity Final, we won etc etc. would love to see a Robson play for Australia.

    (had no idea he was playing County - and doing well!)

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    @James Lawler - "And if Australia picks Shaun Marsh we may as well leave the Ashes there" ; you judge too soon. Cricket is a funny old game and has a way of throwing unexpected results. Remember, before the 2009 Ashes hardly any fellow England fans I knew thought we had a chance after losing an away series in the West Indies including an all-out 51 in that dreaded Test. I must say, I am surprised by all this pessimism and lack of bullish attitude?

  • on April 23, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    why all these left arm tweakers? agar. you're kidding! send a young leggie. compare the record of Australian leggies to tweakers in england. and get back to me.

    ps Invers was a tweaker and bowled a marathon spell in the fusarium disaster of 1972. he is reliving the past.

    just say no to tweakers. get Zampa or Boyce on the plane.

  • Meety on April 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    The real selection bolter could be Chris Rogers batting partner at Middlesex! Robson anyone? Now that would be a spin out! Wonder has a County ever supplied both the openers for a touring Test team?

  • SirViv1973 on April 23, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @Mary_786, I would go further & say 6 bowlers are too many to provide the right balance in a squad of 16/17 particularly if CA are to continue their obession with having an all rounder in the side. If they do then they will have to have cover for Watson given his tendency to break down in the past, and although the Henriques fan club seems to have gone quiet in recent weeks it isn't so long ago we were constantly being told how well suited he was to playing in Eng conditions. Given the injury problems so many of Aus quicks have had they may eventually need to call on 6 or 7 but initially I think they need only pick 5. Poss squad Warner,Cowan,Hughes,Clarke,Khawalja,Smith,Watson,Henriques,Haddin,Wade,Agar,Lyon,Pattinson, Siddle,Harris,Starc,Hilfenhaus

  • Ms.Cricket on April 23, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Warner, Cowan, Rogers, Clarke (c), Khawaja, Watson, G.Bailey, T.Paine(wk-vc), Hartley (wk), Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Lyon, O'Keefe, Jackson Bird, Coulter-Nile should be the 16. Even if we do not do well this time, the experience would be great for the youngsters for next time.

  • Meety on April 23, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    In order of the above selections - I say YES, Hell no, give the lad a break - no, needs to earn the Baggy Green - not yet, & YES (on form, he deserves to be either on the plane or a reserve! @Jono Makim - sad but true. == == == My Ashes bolter is Copeland. Given he hit a ton in the Shield & has just scored 70 in the County scene, he is better qualified to bat in the top 4 than S Marsh! On top of that - he is arguably our best performed Shield bowler of the last 4 years! @ Mitty2 on (April 23, 2013, 10:20 GMT) - no arguements here!

  • Mary_786 on April 23, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The question i ask is that with Harris, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Bird as the top 5 pace bowlers who else do you pick. You can only take 6 fast bowlers on the tour so someone will miss out. Amith_S yes Khawaja may be a lock in for us but i am hearing other stuff in the other article, lets hope its all speculation as he is one of our best young batsman and deserves his shot. And I don't think we can really argue that the English batsman are better at spin than the Indian counterpart either to explain that.Really Ashwin was more ineffective in Australia than Swann and Panesar. At least both of them had a 5 wicket spell in Australia before. Swann won England the test match in Adelaide from memory

  • Mitty2 on April 23, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    There's simply a million reasons for Rogers. He HAS to be number three (need an opening partnership that are farmiliar with each other). Regardless of who, the bowlers will succeed so not worried, but we simply just HAVE to have rogers. Growing tired of preaching the reasons; there's just too many. Three things for me in the sqaud and i won't be completely mad: Rogers in; no smith; no marsh.

    Sayers has been phenomenal. On a renowned batting paradise, to average something so low that puts himself in Bird's league is exceptional. Economical and swings it, seems perfect for england. I'd have him in the squad, hilfy as an outswinger did really well in England against a better english batting line up despite being a mediocre quick (average), so imagine what chadd could do.

    And seriously, how are we even having this issue. Agar is another one of those potential bowlers, he's too young. BRING IN O'KEEFE. He is the best spinner in Australia by every statistical basis.

  • I-Like-Cricket on April 23, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I'm well aware they wouldn't pick him but if Sayers were to play instead of Jackson Bird they I think I would lose all faith in CA and the selectors

  • Paul_Rampley on April 23, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Amith i don't think there will be too many surprises with the exception of Haddin as backup keeper which really should have happened for the India series. Expect Khawaja to be there along with Hughes, Cowan and Warner. Watson is the allrounder now so wondering how that impacts the allrounder candidates.

  • Amith_S on April 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I read on the other article on Rogers that people were squeezing out P.Siddle. Our best test match bowler. And - he does actually move the ball. Not massively. Movement is only part of the equation. For all the 'movement' potential of say Johnson and Starc for example - they aren't getting the job done. Siddle has been to England before and learned and improved since then - 4 years on I reckon the selectors will back him in and Pattinson and then we wait and see who else can hold their body together?? (Starc??, Bird??, Harris??, ……). As for the batting Fleming and Sunil agree with you guys, Khawaja will be vital for our batting attack and Watson must bowl as well, we get that right and it will make a big difference.

  • hycIass on April 23, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    @SunilBatra good comments mate, i echo your words.

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @James Lawler, I think everyone has run out of things to say about O'keefe. No doubt he should of went to India, but since they failed to take him there, what is the point in talking about him anymore? The guy is obviously black listed.

    @Ozcricketwriter, Sayers was at the top of the wicket taking tree in the shield season just ended, definitely makes him a smokey, particularly if Starc and Bird don't recover from their injuries. How is considering the shields top wicket taker not paying attention to the domestic scene?

  • Amith_S on April 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Praspunter Khawaja is a lock in, Inevarity has already said so already and Mike Hussey endorsed him as his replacement, the real question is who gets the VC role, I am tipping Siddle or Warner or Wade to get it but I am guessing we are about to be surprised, Agar will be our second spinner and Sayers despite his excellent shield season won't make it as we are spoilt for fast bowlers

  • ygkd on April 23, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Marsh isn't really an opener, and neither is Hughes nor Watson. Warner isn't either. That leaves Cowan and Rogers. Personally, I'd like to see a right-hander but the factory that produces Australian right-handed opening batsmen went into receivership due to lack of interest. Some, however, are very interested in Australian left-handed bats and one such person is Graeme Swann.

  • bobagorof on April 23, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I hope the selectors will have learnt from the past revolving-door of spinners and will wait until Agar has another season of cricket behind him before throwing him into International cricket. Obviously I don't expect them to look at results and pick the leading spinner this season, because they haven't shown any inclination to do so despite the woeful cases put up by other contenders (amongst them, Doherty), but it's hard to argue for an inexperienced 19 year old when there is an experienced guy still the right side of 30 who has been performing for several years and is also a handy bat, plus has a few of the selectors' favourite games, T20, under his belt at International level. I'm yet to hear someone from CA mention what O'Keefe hasn't done. In fact, I'm yet to hear them mention him at all. They do know he plays the game, right?

  • Mary_786 on April 23, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @PrasPunter i am sure Khawaja won't be overlooked, Marsh averaged 19 in shield, Khawaja was second on Ryobi and Shield scoring at the christmas break after which he has been on the bench. Plus Inevarity talked up his credentials about 2 weeks back so I am sure Khawaja is fine. I think if there is a surprise selection it won't be in the batting but whether Haddin gets picked as VC, personally i would go for either Warner or Siddle for VC but its not a easy decision. @James don't be surprised if SO is picked.

  • Shaunstar1979 on April 23, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    I think the selectors overheard Boonie talking about having 6 openers for the trip, the only thing was Boonie was talking about Bottle Openers not Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Rogers and Marsh.

  • PrasPunter on April 23, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @James, absolutely !! Marsh hasn't scored anything off-late and it would be a crime if Ussie is overlooked again !! Hope some common-sense prevails !! Wish Fawad is part of the team !! Effective to have a leggie in your side. Let the Government contribute its bit towards our bid to reclaim and then retain the Ashes, by pushing his case forward ASAP.

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 23, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Chris Rogers I think will be in the side. Shaun Marsh is no chance - if he does make it then the selectors have a lot to answer for. Ashton Agar might be a chance but only because the spin stocks are so low. Fawad Alam is no chance as his performances simply aren't up there. Chadd Sayers has had decent performances but when the likes of Alistair McDermott are still yet to make his debut, Sayers is still a long way down the pecking order. So why exactly are these 5 the ones that you are looking at? If they are, then the selectors are not paying attention to the domestic scene.

  • PrasPunter on April 23, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Is Marsh is picked ahead of Khawaja, for sure the selectors have gone insane !! Or that Ussie has fallen apart with the powers-that-be !!

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Why isn't anyone talking about Steve O'Keefe? What does the bloke have to do? And if Australia picks Shaun Marsh we may as well leave the Ashes there

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Why isn't anyone talking about Steve O'Keefe? What does the bloke have to do? And if Australia picks Shaun Marsh we may as well leave the Ashes there

  • PrasPunter on April 23, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Is Marsh is picked ahead of Khawaja, for sure the selectors have gone insane !! Or that Ussie has fallen apart with the powers-that-be !!

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 23, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Chris Rogers I think will be in the side. Shaun Marsh is no chance - if he does make it then the selectors have a lot to answer for. Ashton Agar might be a chance but only because the spin stocks are so low. Fawad Alam is no chance as his performances simply aren't up there. Chadd Sayers has had decent performances but when the likes of Alistair McDermott are still yet to make his debut, Sayers is still a long way down the pecking order. So why exactly are these 5 the ones that you are looking at? If they are, then the selectors are not paying attention to the domestic scene.

  • PrasPunter on April 23, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @James, absolutely !! Marsh hasn't scored anything off-late and it would be a crime if Ussie is overlooked again !! Hope some common-sense prevails !! Wish Fawad is part of the team !! Effective to have a leggie in your side. Let the Government contribute its bit towards our bid to reclaim and then retain the Ashes, by pushing his case forward ASAP.

  • Shaunstar1979 on April 23, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    I think the selectors overheard Boonie talking about having 6 openers for the trip, the only thing was Boonie was talking about Bottle Openers not Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Rogers and Marsh.

  • Mary_786 on April 23, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @PrasPunter i am sure Khawaja won't be overlooked, Marsh averaged 19 in shield, Khawaja was second on Ryobi and Shield scoring at the christmas break after which he has been on the bench. Plus Inevarity talked up his credentials about 2 weeks back so I am sure Khawaja is fine. I think if there is a surprise selection it won't be in the batting but whether Haddin gets picked as VC, personally i would go for either Warner or Siddle for VC but its not a easy decision. @James don't be surprised if SO is picked.

  • bobagorof on April 23, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I hope the selectors will have learnt from the past revolving-door of spinners and will wait until Agar has another season of cricket behind him before throwing him into International cricket. Obviously I don't expect them to look at results and pick the leading spinner this season, because they haven't shown any inclination to do so despite the woeful cases put up by other contenders (amongst them, Doherty), but it's hard to argue for an inexperienced 19 year old when there is an experienced guy still the right side of 30 who has been performing for several years and is also a handy bat, plus has a few of the selectors' favourite games, T20, under his belt at International level. I'm yet to hear someone from CA mention what O'Keefe hasn't done. In fact, I'm yet to hear them mention him at all. They do know he plays the game, right?

  • ygkd on April 23, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Marsh isn't really an opener, and neither is Hughes nor Watson. Warner isn't either. That leaves Cowan and Rogers. Personally, I'd like to see a right-hander but the factory that produces Australian right-handed opening batsmen went into receivership due to lack of interest. Some, however, are very interested in Australian left-handed bats and one such person is Graeme Swann.

  • Amith_S on April 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Praspunter Khawaja is a lock in, Inevarity has already said so already and Mike Hussey endorsed him as his replacement, the real question is who gets the VC role, I am tipping Siddle or Warner or Wade to get it but I am guessing we are about to be surprised, Agar will be our second spinner and Sayers despite his excellent shield season won't make it as we are spoilt for fast bowlers

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @James Lawler, I think everyone has run out of things to say about O'keefe. No doubt he should of went to India, but since they failed to take him there, what is the point in talking about him anymore? The guy is obviously black listed.

    @Ozcricketwriter, Sayers was at the top of the wicket taking tree in the shield season just ended, definitely makes him a smokey, particularly if Starc and Bird don't recover from their injuries. How is considering the shields top wicket taker not paying attention to the domestic scene?