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What to do with Australia’s batting order?
I don’t think its panic stations but there needs to be a reshuffle. I don’t think we have to look outside the squad for changes.
Shaun Marsh should come in at number four, Michael Clarke down to five and Voges hits the nets. I like to give players time to settle into a role, but Voges has looked out of his league since Cardiff. His highlight reel is showing lots of genuine edges. I hate to say it, but chances at 35 run out quickly. Especially when S Marsh probably had the inside running until the selectors opted to reward Voges’ epic shield season with a spot in the XI.
Marsh certainly hasn’t been short of runs on tour. He’s as ready as he will ever be. If he comes in at four, with his current form, it shortens the middle order. Once Clarke hits the crease, it’s like you can already see Mitch Marsh or Nevill walking in within the hour. If we can get one of the top four to be at the crease with Clarke and M Marsh, then Nevill coming in at seven I think it puts us in a better position to stem the flow of wickets.
Nevill looks the part that’s for sure. He clearly put a high value on his wicket. Despite having plenty go past the bat, he has a 45 and 59 from three innings (and that unfortunate leave) to kick off his test career. He did exactly what was required when he came to the crease. I’m a big Brad Haddin fan, but obviously they play a different style. Haddin may have scored the 59 but would of done it in 70 balls and left the tail to it. Nevill was playing a rock. He spent more time in the middle than five of the top six did collectively, and that allowed Starc a calming influence to dig in and see what happens.
There’s certainly no point making predictions for the next test. Who knows what will happen. I’m definitely glad that 2-2 result see us keep the urn. I would hope its 3-2 so there are no complaints and with the pace of the first three tests, even the English weather will do well to limit the game time enough to have an effect. But never say never.