Well if this Australia one-day side could run between the wickets, they’d be almost that good.
We’ve just got back from the ground, we watched the entire match and we’ve still no idea who the batsmen are. Clarke and Hussey, we guess. There’s also George Bailey who seems to have it in him to become a solid if unremarkable Test cricketer (although Australia seem to have him earmarked as a one-day number seven).
Other than that – Steven Smith? He made 21 off 20 balls, which is presumably why he’s selected. You’d never expect anything better than 21 off 20 balls from him, would you?
Australia do seem to have a few good, solid medium-pacers, but then there’s Xavier Doherty. Xavier seems a really nice bloke, but as a bowler he gives rise to so much milking he should rebrand himself as a dairy farm.
The good news for Australians is that it won’t be like this for the Ashes. The side won’t be cobbled together from whatever happens to be lying about. It will be a first choice eleven. Turns out Tests are the priority sometimes.
We’re particularly interested to note that George Bailey is staying in England to play for Australia A against England Lions. They seem pretty certain about this guy. He’ll be in the Ashes squad.
Australia must be making sacrifices as they look to the future, but we’re really interested to see whether it all comes together or whether this shoddy present will just roll on and on.
The Old Trafford one-dayer featured: “Aussie, Aussie Aussie. Shite, shite, shite,” during play. It ended with English fans chanting the word “easy” over and over again.