Warner’s Test retirement could lead to batting order reshuffle

Warner’s Test retirement could lead to batting order reshuffle

  • David Warner appears on track to get the Sydney Test farewell he desires after he was named alongside Usman Khawaja as the only openers in the first Test squad.
  • The question for the selectors is whether the opportunity cost of giving Warner his desired send-off is going to hinder the team down the road.

Marsh versus Green or Marsh and Green

  • Mitchell Marsh keeping Cameron Green out of Australia’s Test team was not a scenario the selectors foresaw prior to the Ashes.
  • The selectors dropped a spinner to make room for both Marsh and Green at Old Trafford but it left Australia badly unbalanced.
  • Bailey confirmed that Green remains firmly a part of Australia’s plans and they would find a way to get him back in when the opportunity arises.

Blooding new quicks

  • Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have cemented their legacy as one of the great all-format fast bowling trios.
  • Scott Boland took his opportunity when Hazlewood was injured and kept him out of the WTC final when Hazlewood was slightly underdone.
  • Bailey confirmed that Morris would be unlikely for the Perth Test given the big three will be fit.


The article discusses the following three major questions:

  1. Whether David Warner should be given a farewell Test match in Sydney.
  2. Whether Mitchell Marsh or Cameron Green should be selected as Australia’s allrounder.
  3. When and how to blood the next generation of Australian quicks.

The selectors have not yet made a decision on any of these questions, but the article provides a good overview of the factors that they will need to consider.

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