Australia Ashes team, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, biggest questions

Australia have nominated a 15-player team to compete in the looming Ashes series against England from December 8 in Gabba.

And while it certainly answered some questions, as many are still in the air.

Here is what we still have to figure out.

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IS BOWLING CHANGING?

Australia has been fortunate to maintain a consistent bowling attack for a few years now.

Although others have occasionally been brought in for safety from injury or rest, the Aussies almost always run as three fast-starters for Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

The 15-man team’s selectors included Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser.

Richardson, 25, has played two tests while senior Neser has not yet made his debut, although he has been on Australian teams in recent years.

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Test legend Michael Taylor says these two players have a very real chance of getting an invitation over the summer.

“The test matches are over about five or six weeks, five matches. There’s no doubt that Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are all in pretty good shape these days, and they’ve been around for a while … but there’s every chance someone will get heartburn. , or they may want to rest for one, “Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“So now that James Pattinson is retired, the next place is promised, and in this game you never know when it might be.”

Australian elector George Bailey also confirmed he wants a “team’s first approach” to the team this summer, meaning all 15 team members must be ready for selection in the XI Series.

IS THE OPENING PLACE LOCKED?

It looks like Marcus Harris will retain his place at the top of the batting order alongside David Warner.

The left-handed has played 19 innings in Australia and averages just 23.77. But head chief Bailey confirmed Harris ’place on the team even before the team was announced.

“Harry has had limited opportunities in the past, and he’s been a little inside and out, so we would love nothing more than to hopefully get a chance to get a longer run,” Bailey told the radio over the weekend.

Another opening batsman among the 15-man is Usman Khawaja.

He is much more experienced at the test level than Harris, with an average of 40.66 in the arena.

Khawaja has opened the punch to Australia only seven times in tests, but his average is 96.8 in doing so for two major centuries. His usual place in Australia is No. 3, where he has played 66 innings and averages 37.19.

Harris may be locked, but all the numbers suggest that Khawaja got a nod.

WHO WILL CUT WITH NUMBER 5?

If Harris is sure to be locked, it will leave only one place in the stroke order unresolved.

Voters have not yet made it out which player will fill in 5th place, and since Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh will be left out of the team altogether, it will be a competition in two.

Khawaja and Travis Head seem to be fighting for a spot, and the young versatile Cameron Green owns the number 6 mortgage.

Who will win the last Ashes seat?

Head played two tests against India last summer, but averaged just 20.66, and was later disqualified in favor of Wade, who finished 5th in the SCG and Gabba.

On the 2019 Ashes tour in England, Head played four of the five matches and could only reach 27.28. That’s the only time he’s played against Poms in Test cricket.

Khawaja has played 12 Ashes Tests and also fought an old enemy, averaging just 29.85.

Interestingly, Khawaja has never hit 5th place in Australia. He has only opened, hit three, four or six.

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