Within the wake of Australian Cricket’s disastrous 2018, we now have the possibility to start 2019 with a contemporary begin by fixing our destroyed check squad for both the Sydney check or the primary check in opposition to Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
Primarily based on our latest outcomes in opposition to Pakistan and India, here’s what our check staff, or extra realistically, our high six ought to appear to be.
1. Marcus Harris
Whereas Harris hasn’t starred in his first three assessments for Australia, aside from a 70 within the Perth Take a look at, he hasn’t carried out terribly, averaging round 29 with the bat. If we go by the Australian selectors logic of giving Cameron Bancroft one other shot within the South African sequence after a mediocre Ashes sequence (and everyone knows how effectively that turned out), then Harris ought to be given one other shot within the fourth check and in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Whether or not he’s proper for the upcoming Ashes tour, solely time will inform.
2. Matt Renshaw
The Finch experiment of the previous 5 assessments has failed, with him proving what most of us already knew earlier than Pakistan, that Aaron Finch isn’t a Take a look at opener or perhaps a Take a look at participant in that matter. Matt Renshaw, however, is.
Whereas his latest Protect type has left little to be desired, if we glance again just a few months earlier to the tip of the County season, Renshaw had scored extra runs than anybody else in First-Class Cricket in 2018. After we have a look at his check file, his common of 33.47 doesn’t present a real indicator of his dishevelled inexperienced profession, the place proper after his promising debut in opposition to South Africa and Pakistan he needed to tour the subcontinent, the worst place for a rookie opener, in assessments in opposition to India and Bangladesh and carried out admirably whereas missing a second check ton.
Lastly, the principle cause he ought to be picked is his temperament. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have proven us the true approach to play check cricket, by batting time and never throwing your wicket away, one thing Australia has lacked this sequence. Renshaw has confirmed at check degree that he values his wicket and gained’t throw it away, one thing Australia desperately wants with the Ashes tour arising.
three. Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja is certainly one of two gamers within the incumbent line-up who shouldn’t be dropped from the check staff and can be our greatest batsman within the high six. Whereas not scoring centuries within the present sequence, he has batted very effectively. His 72 within the second innings in Perth is pretty much as good as a century in my books as not solely did he present Australia the platform to win the check, however he additionally batted time, one thing no-one else within the present high six has finished this sequence.
Within the subsequent three months till Steve Smith makes his return to the check aspect, Khawaja should take duty and actually develop into the senior batsman of the highest six.
four. Travis Head
Travis Head, like Marcus Harris, hasn’t carried out poorly this sequence. He has repeatedly made begins with out happening to make an enormous rating aside from two fifties. His type hasn’t warranted being dropped from the check aspect and he has the potential to do effectively within the check enviornment. If he doesn’t, he’ll most probably be the one to make means for Steve Smith upon his return.
5. Joe Burns
Shaun Marsh is an effective batsman however not solely is he 35, he’s additionally extraordinarily irritating to look at. One check he’ll carry out and the subsequent one he’ll rating lower than 10 in each innings. Whereas I thank him for his service in his eight years of steady axing’s and remembers, it’s time for Joe Burns to exchange him.
In his 14 assessments, he has scored three centuries and 4 fifties and final donned the Saggy Inexperienced in South Africa within the wake of Sandpapergate, the place within the second innings he topped scored with 42. Extra not too long ago, whereas he hasn’t been setting the Sheffield Protect alight, he has confirmed to be Mr Dependable for Queensland earlier than the annual BBL hiatus.
Not solely can he open the batting, he can bat anyplace all through the order, even batting at 6 in his debut in opposition to India in 2014. Burns is confirmed at Take a look at degree, significantly on house soil and is exactly what Australia wants both opening or within the center order.
6. Glenn Maxwell
Can somebody please inform me what Glenn Maxwell has finished to selectors? Certain, he’s the ‘Large Present’ within the shorter codecs, however has he not confirmed himself at Take a look at degree? Is a century in India not sufficient to show he has the temperament to play Take a look at Cricket? Absolutely he’d be a greater choice than Mitchell Marsh, who has simply performed a marvellous check with scores of 9 and 10.
Additionally based mostly on his latest performances, certainly he’d as soon as once more be higher than Marsh at 6. Maxwell can even present some helpful overs of off-spin if wanted and can be a superb fielder.
For apparent causes, Tim Paine stays at 7, Cummins at eight, Starc at 9, Lyon 10 and Hazlewood coming in at 11.
If the Take a look at aspect needs to revive some pleasure and discover the most effective lineup for the upcoming Sri Lanka sequence, that is what our check squad must be.