I think they will drop Khwaja too. He gets dropped a lot, because they like dropping him. Usually to bring back in Sean Marsh. But IMHO is twice the bat of Head or Wade. Batting conditions have been extremely challenging, and luck has played as big a role as skill in this series. The ball has just been moving around so much.Cricket is a sport where you make your own luck. Occasionally there is 'real' luck (e.g. ball nicks the stumps and the bails don't fall off, ball gets caught after deflecting off a seagull) but we're talking about incidents happening less than once per match there.
Very much like Shaun Marsh, Khawaja is either 'on' or 'off' at any time. At the moment he's off, and deserves to be out.
Paine has had a poor series with the gloves, and the difficult batting conditions have shown up his poor footwork. He's made some interesting decisions as captain, but I don't think any of them were as poor as Ponting in 2005. But Wade will drop a catch a test.If switching to Wade would only produce one dropped catch per Test, that would be an improvement over Paine.
Alternatively, drop both the Tasmanians and bring in Alex Carey who has been in top form in English conditions in all three formats of the game.
Starc for Paine would be a boost to Australia when batting as well as bowling. I would be astonished if he would do worse than Paine's 12.8 runs per innings.
It's taken a ridiculous amount of good fortune ...Bad cricket by Australia, not good fortune for England.
... and I dare say a bit of assistance from the TV producers with the DRS, for England just to draw level.That's uncalled for.
I have been keeping track of this very carefully, and I'm confident that the DRS is now as fair as it has ever been. Pay attention and you'll notice that there is a clearly defined order of steps which the umpire requests in turn, and which is the same for both sides.