Tag Ashes 2010-11
Keeping options in hand, when venturing out for something that's not been achieved for 25 years, is good, but how many? isn't plenty a problem..
England have not won (or even drew) a test series in Australia for 5 tours. they were defeated 0-5 the previous time and it's been almost a decade when they last won a test match in OZ land. So, what English selectors do for 2010-11 Ashes tour? they've packed/picked 32 players. 16 in main Ashes squad and 16 more as "performance program squad" that'll be sticking behind frontline soldiers, keeping themselves eveready with 4 day tour matches against Queensland and Western Australia in case a last minute replacement is required. A smart move from visitors some may debate but if England aren't sure of their first eleven today and already planning quickfix, good luck!
Andrew Strauss will captain England Ashes squad 2010 as well as is the main batting weapon in the team. Being a left handed opening batsman, Strauss will not only have the responsibility to take tricky decisions on field, he'll have to negotiate fresh Aussie fast bowlers with new ball to give his team good starts. Strauss' deputy is another left handed opener = Alastair Cook, who's not been in greatest of form recently but made it on tour with break through century against Pakistan in last test England played. Cook's inability to move forward was exposed by Pakistani bowlers and aussies will be exploiting it no end.
England middle order will depend on Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood as both these right handers were part of 2005 tour and made centuries as well. This time, they'll have in-form Jonathan Trott and talented Eoin Morgan with them. Ian Bell will push for a place in XI as well.
Matt Prior is the designated wicket keeper in the squad with Steven Davies winning the reserve keeper's slot after good performances in one day series recently. Davies is the only player in England Ashes test squad who hasn't made his test debut yet.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad are the two main pace bowlers in England Ashes test who'll have to do most of the damange over home team as Aussie pitches go flat on day 2 and 3 while Steven Finn will be their back up. Chris Tremlett, who hasn't played a test since his debut series against India 3 years ago, is the surprize pick by the selectors who seems to have taken his height and Aussie bouncy pitches into consideration. Tremlett took 48 wickets this county season at less than 20 a piece, so deserves his chance too. Tim Bresnan has been given the allrounders slot.
England selectors have sprung a major surprize by not including highest wicket taking spinner in county season = Adil Rashid, even in performance squad. Monty Panesar, who was part of 2007 Ashes has got the green signal to be a back up for first choice Graeme Swann.
England Performance squad (to stay in Australia till 3rd test) = Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Hildreth (Somerset), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), James Tredwell (Kent) and Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).