Australia are planning for the Ashes

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No, seriously – they are. We were kind of hoping that planning would involve deciding precisely how many names to put in the selectorial hat followed by a lengthy debate about which hat to use, but they actually seem to be doing things properly.

After picking a young one-day side with a long format whiff about it earlier in the summer, Australia now have a fairly serious A-side touring the country, getting used to English conditions. Nathan Lyon’s in it, Ed Cowan’s in it and even Mitchell Johnson’s in it. Peter Forrest and George Bailey are in the squad too after already playing the one-dayers. Don’t they have homes to go to?

It’s almost like Australia are focusing on one particular goal and are tailoring all their preparation with that in mind. At least they’ve got a three-match home series against South Africa to contend with before next year. Those things can really knacker you up.


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  1. This post was about Simon Kerrigan taking six wickets against Australia A, by the way. It’s okay if you didn’t notice.

    1. I noticed and was surprised you didn’t mention “your boy” Kerrigan in your post.

      Not quite the finished article yet, but certainly a spinner with real potential.

      And let us not forget that the Aussies always have potential…

      …and England seem to be doing their best to level the playing field ahead of the Ashes by dint of partial implosion.

    2. Somewhere there is a bookmaker taking bets as to whether KayPee will be in the England squad for The Ashes. And the odds may have just changed. Again.

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