Australia (12 man squad, 11 to play)
In: Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle
Out: Travis Head
England (playing XI)
In: Sam Curran, Chris Wakes
Out: Jason Roy, Craig Overton
The age-old first principle of cricket:-
When you win the toss, bat.
If in doubt, think about it, then bat.
If in serious doubt, consult a colleague, then bat.
Smith's not well; he was packed full of Codral Cold Tablets before going onto the field, and still scored. He never ceases to amaze me.
I can understand why Paine bowled though, given how fragile the top order is, and how fragile the middle order is with M Marsh in it. The Aussie batting selected for this test is the weakest lineup so far.Poppycock.
Smith getting out for 23 straight after lunch and leaving Australia's last recognised batsman to bat with the tail just about seals the result.
If Wade manages to bring it home with only bowlers and a specialist speech-maker* for company, there would have to be a case for getting the anti-fixing people to have a look at it.
* who has one last challenge ahead of him in this series: attempting to do a classier job of claiming a tie as a win than Eoin Morgan did after the World Cup Final a couple of months back.