The Ashes XI to whiten England

The ashes. England vs Australia. One of the oldest rivalries in sport. And it starts again on December 8.

The Gabba will host the start of Series 72 and the talk of the town is that Australia is likely to cover up their opponents.

The classic ‘weakest team to ever tour Australia’ has been pitched by many and may, just this once, have merit for the England team.

This does not mean that Australia is guaranteed victory and that the selected team must be right or another embarrassing loss in the series, as at the hands of an India without Virat Kohli a summer ago, will be on the cards.

This is the one that must be chosen for Australia to retain the ashes.

1. David Warner
Pretty much a staple at the top of the order since his test debut in 2011, Warner is averaging 48 in the game’s longest form.

He hasn’t been his usual destructive self since he returned to the team after the sandpaper door, aside from his demolition of the Pakistan attack, as fans finally thought he had gotten back into shape. A telling statistic of Warner’s current woes is that it has searched for a duck more times than the half-century mark has passed.

Warner alone may not get picked, but with a 63 average in Australia and the wealth of experience he brings to the higher order, he gets the go-ahead to open batting in at least the first test.

2. Usman Khawaja
Will Pucovski would be the second starter, but concussion problems have raised questions about his availability. With a return to Sheffield Shield cricket looking likely this month, there’s a good chance the youngster, who scored half a century in his Test debut, is fit and shooting in time for the Ashes.

If not, Khawaja is the obvious choice. He’s only started seven times for Australia, but he’s averaging 97, and after a strong season at Shield where he scored 473 runs in nearly 60 innings per inning, Khawaja has already looted 200 so far this season.

Obviously, looking at the ball well, Khawaja should be the guy Australia chooses.

Usman Khawaja. (Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)

Marnus Labuschagne
Steve Smith 2.0 goes into three.

An automatic pick, Labuschagne has averaged 92.17 in tests since entering as a substitute for Smith’s concussion. Four half centuries in seven innings during the Ashes and the last two prolific summers, where he scored 1,322 runs, the most by far for Australia, demonstrate his credentials as an elite hitter.

Labuschagne has been a revelation and arguably Australia’s best hitter since the last Ashes, making him an easy pick.

4. Steve Smith
The best test hitter in the world and the first name on the team sheet.

With an insane career average of 62 with 27 hundreds, Smith often goes big. He terrified England in the last series, scoring 774-110, and was the reason Australia kept the ballot box.

One of the best sliding fielders in the world, who can make the most spectacular catches in the closing, if Smith plays well, the Ashes are safe.

5. Josh Inglis
A controversial choice here, but with an eye to the future, Josh Inglis should be the man to arrive at five.

A wicketkeeper-hitter, Inglis won’t play behind the stumps unless Tim Paine suffers an injury. Rather, back-to-back seasons of more than 400 BBL runs and a fruitful season at Sheffield Shield, where he scored 585 runs with a ridiculous strike rate of 85, will see Inglis rewarded with a spot as a pure hitter.

Seen potentially as Paine’s replacement with the gloves, the bloody Inglis will now see him gain valuable experience as he gives Australia an explosive hitter on the order that can keep the score going.

6. Cameron Green
Australia has been searching for its own Jacques Kallis and might have finally found the answer in Green.

A debut series against India is always tough, but Green played well, with a few starts and a big hit of 84 in seven innings. His Sheffield Shield form with the bat over the past two seasons has been nothing short of astonishing, averaging over 70, and he’s already broken a ton this season.

Back problems have limited his impact with the ball in the test arena, he has not yet taken a wicket, but with the ability to send the ball over 140 km / h, once Green realizes it, he becomes into a real bowler. .

As the youngest member of the team, Green plays an important role with his ability to hit and pitch, and he must be given as many opportunities as possible to learn and grow.

7. Tim Paine (c) (week)
The captain of this Australian team, Tim Paine, continues to be the best glove in the country and has been an excellent leader in difficult times.

With the bat, Paine is averaging nearly 33, the third highest for an Australian goalie, respectable for a guy chosen first for his work behind the stumps.

He has made some all-time classic catches and is one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the world. Returning from neck surgery to play Shield cricket this month, Paine should be in good shape.

8. Jhye Richardson
Richardson has missed significant time in the past two years due to injury, but before that he was considered next in line in Australia’s fast bowling stocks. The sprinter’s 54 wickets in just 13 games for Western Australia in the previous three seasons demonstrate his potential.

He’s returned to the fold this year, taking eight wickets in two games with a strike rate of 36.

9. Pat Cummins
Considered the spiritual leader of the Australian team, Cummins is the number one test bowler in the world and seems to have a knack for taking an early wicket, opening the game.

In just 34 games for Australia, Cummins has 164 scalps, taking one wicket every 47 deliveries, an incredibly good hit rate. It can hit all day, delivering over 140km / h deliveries that accelerate and sway, meaning every ball is dangerous.

Pat Cummins of Australia walks from the field at the end of the game day.

Pat Cummins (Paul Kane – CA / Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

10. Nathan Lyon
‘Garry the Goat’ they call him and with good reason. Lyon will break the 400-pitched barrier in this event, with 399 pitches in just 100 matches.

An inexpensive bowler, Lyon can tie a finish for a full period and is a master at putting pressure on hitters. His height is his greatest asset, since the rebound he generates annoys his opponents. Lyon becomes especially dangerous in the second half of a match when the ball spins further on the broken field. An average of just over 30 in the third and fourth innings attests to it.

Another automatic selection.

11. Josh Hazlewood
Hazlewood is the fourth-ranked test bowler according to the ICC, but his value to the Australian team is immeasurable. Machine-like precision on top of the stump while launching at over 140km / h makes it a more leisurely and modern take on Glenn McGrath.

Hazlewood averages one maiden every four overs and one wicket every eight during his career, making him an inexpensive and lethal pitcher. ‘The Hoff’ has been doing the work for Australia for seven years, and that’s not going to change this series.

So here it is, the starting eleven to shut out England. This team retains the best Australian players while bringing in some fresh faces looking to prove they belong to the most elite arena in cricket.

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