Steve Smith, Tim Paine, Cameron Green, UK view, Australia A-team

The Australian 15-man Ashes team has been studied with a fine-toothed comb in the UK, where players have been selected as potential weaknesses.

Telegraphin chief cricketer Scyld Berry believes Captain Tim Paine will struggle this summer and that Cameron Green has yet to prove he has earned Test all-rounder status.

In Wednesday’s player-by-player analysis, he even wrote that Steve Smith is not among England’s most dangerous opponent.

Smith averaged 110.57 in the Bradman-style 2019 Ashes series over the years.

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Meanwhile, England Ashes winner Captain Michael Vaughan was shocked that the electorate did not include Mitch Marsh, who just steered the Australian men’s T20 World Cup championship.

“Really surprised Mitch Marsh isn’t involved!” Vaughan wrote in response to an announcement from the Australian team.

Marsh was instead selected to the Australian A-team, which means he has to make an impact in an internal test and tour match against England Lions to have a chance to play later in Ashes.

Australia, on the other hand, is holding on to its well-established all-around player, 22-year-old Cameron Green, who made his test debut last summer.

Green has made an impression on the racket as he has averaged 33.71 and reached 84 against India in just his fifth inning.

But with the ball, he hasn’t yet taken a test tip after bowling 44 laps.

This caught Berry ‘s attention in his analysis and wrote: “He has played four tests so far and made good runs against India, but he is too high in sixth place and has not yet taken a visit.

Instead, the Selectors made a series of conservative choices with a few surprises in a group of 15 men.

Usman Khawaja’s replay request and pending showdown with Travis Head after Will Pucovsky’s concussion is the most significant topic of discussion, while Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser are looking for a bowling support set in a series of five tests.

The group is again led by Tim Paine, who has no red ball shape to rely on as he left the start of the Sheffield Shield season due to a neck injury.

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Berry wrote that England should follow Pressure in a way that would not have followed people like Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, or Michael Clarke.

“A fine wicketkeeper and a decent orthodox number seven, but he turns 37 during the Ashes series and can struggle to set an example he has to set as captain,” he wrote. “England will have to target him even more than most opposing skippers.”

But probably the most eyebrow-raising thing about Smith.

Smith played in the 2013-14 and 2017-18 Ashes-winning sides, while in 2019 he led the urn-maintaining team for the first time in England since 2001.

In Australia, his average is 67.72, while his average against England is 65.11 in all tests.

Nevertheless, Berry wrote that Marnus Labuschagne is “England’s second most dangerous opponent after (Pat) Cummins.”

He suggested that Smith could have “surpassed his superior best,” though he could be saved by a new, more orthodox technique.

Smith’s form has weakened since 2019 in Ashes, averaging 36.28 in the summer of 2019-20 and 44.71 against India last season.

Australia Ashes Team: Tim Paine (c), Pat Cummins (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Australian A-Players: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Nic Maddinson, Mitchell Marsh, Matt Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Bryce Street

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