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Ashes Tour

By Decentric - 28 Feb 2019 8:46 AM

I'm perplexed that the Aussie selectors think that Cummins, Starc, Lyon, et al, are getting good preparation  for the Ashes by playing Mickey Mouse cricket in India. They only bowl 4 over defensive spells!

The Shield has started with domestic cricketers using the Duke ball.

There has been a lot of discussion in local press led by erudite former Tassie and Aussie ODI fast bowler, Brett Geeves, about Matt Wade and Jackson Bird being overlooked, despite consistent FC performances over time.

Bird had one poor game on an unresponsive MCG pitch last year for Aus, whilst Hazlewood and a poor year, with poor figures and performances. Conversely, Bird has 34 wickets from 9 tests.

Geeves claims Bird isn't perceived as fast enough, bowling 130 kph, and, Wade has perceived issues over  his feisty attitude on the pitch. 
By Test_Fan - 16 Mar 2019 1:26 PM

Trevors Hohns has given details about the selection of the Ashes squad. 
He has said the Ashes squad will be selected as late as possible, possibly less than two weeks before the Ashes squad.
He has also confirmed the Australia A tour will include 5 onde day matches and three 4 day matches. This confirms that Australia A will be the opponent for the England Lions, their A side which was previously not shown.
The A squad will inlcude one day players to cover for the world cup squad and Ashes squad hopefuls. It will be lead by Tim Paine and will quite likely include Head, Harris and Patterson. Head has previously played a lot of one day cricket so could be in the squad in both roles, but someone like Ashton Turner could be in the squad despite being no where near the test side.

List of Australia A fixtures, surely the final one.

June 20: Australia A v Northamptonshire (50-over)

June 23: Australia A v Derbyshire (50-over)

June 25: Australia A v Worcestershire (50-over)

June 30: Aus A v Gloucestershire (50-over)

July 2: Aus A v Gloucestershire (50-over)

July 7-10 Aus A v Sussex, Arundel

July 14-17: Australia A v England Lions, Canterbury

July 23-26: Australia v Australia A, Rose Bowl