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My Test Team for the Ashes

Shane Watson injury concerns have reared again and will no doubt have the Selectors and Darren Lehman slightly concerned with the ability to have a balanced team.  Given the situation this would be my Team pick.

 

Without Watson:


1.    David Warner

2.    Chris Rogers

3.    George Bailey

4.    Michael Clark

5.    Stephen Smith

6.    Brad Haddin

7.    James Faulkner

8.    Mitchell Johnson

9.    Ryan Harris

10.   Peter Siddle

11.   Nathan Lyon

 

David Warner makes his way back in after some promising Ryobi Cup performances. He is an explosive player who can turn a test match with in an hour. He has to make runs in his next outing for NSW against VIC to gain confidence with the selectors.

 

George Bailey is in great form and slots in at three in the absence of Watson. His leadership and his composure will be a huge complement for the team. I would prefer him at six, which will happen when Watson returns from injury.

 

James Faulkner gets the nod for his all-round ability shown in the recent one-day series against India. He is a fighter, competitor and wants to be in a contest when it’s at its hardest. A captains dream. For the Australians to have full efficiency of Mitchell Johnson bowling short fast spells, Faulkner will provide a fifth bowling option for Michael Clark.

 

Mitchell Johnson is at his best, bowling fast and swinging the ball so it’s a no-brainer that we will see him return to the test arena.

 

Faulkner, Johnson and Harris can handle the bat and I am backing them to make valuable runs. It’s a gutsy move, but without Watson to bowl the critical overs, there are no other options at the moment.

 

With Watson


1.    David Warner

2.    Chris Rogers

3.    Shane Watson

4.    Michael Clark

5.    Stephen Smith

6.    George Bailey

7.    Brad Haddin

8.    Mitchell Johnson

9.    Ryan Harris   

10.   Peter Siddle

11.   Nathan Lyon

 

It’s a straight forward team that I think can upset the English for Australia to regain the Ashes.

 

Good Luck boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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