Head books his ticket!
Ashes XI firming up quite nicely…
Paine (c, wk)
(Starc or Richardson)
*That's on the proviso that Warner does come back, I'm not convinced of this myself Only chance that he won't is the unlikely event that he chooses to retire instead. Too much legal action riding on it.
I don't want to discount what the three Australian centurions have done in this latest test, but really, it was a very docile pitch against sub-Shield standard attack bowling in as if the game was already lost.
Had S Marsh and M Marsh been selected, I would expect they (more than anyone) would have filled their boots in this game.
The truth is out best three bats - and the only 3 genuinely of Test standard - are:
Below that there is a very long list of players who all have a claim - thought not compelling - for Test selection ...
Because they can bowl without taking wickets:
I suppose I should add poor Will Pukovski to the batters list. He has the unique distinction of being the only player to be selected for, then dropped from, the Australian team for poor form, without actually playing a match!
FWIW, I think our best top six is currently:
12: G Maxwell
Warner only replaces Harris in the absence of a "no dickheads" policy.
And our best top 6 without the suspendees:
M Harris/M Renshaw
(No dickheads policy not withstanding
But the team I'd probably select with an eye to the future (even though it is mostly older players):
M Wade (Selected on form, dropped on form, with J Burns or G Maxwell ready to take this spot)
12: G Maxwell
Given the Ashes is to be played after the WC, I'd be inclined to take the best form batter from the WC into the team at #6 (or #1 if it's A Finch). It might be Finch, it might Maxwell, it might even be D Short. But whoever carries best form the WC in English conditions should be in the Test team IMHO.