Australia's First Test Team Has Apparently Leaked

Nov 18, 2017, 00:42
Australia's First Test Team Has Apparently Leaked

A career-best haul of four for 22 from Megan Schutt restricted England to 132 for nine before Beth Mooney's 86 - the highest score in a T20 in Australia - helped reel in the target with 25 balls to spare.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine was handed a shock recall after a seven-year Test absence on Friday as Australia gambled on sweeping changes for the first two Ashes Tests against England.

It is a selection that smacks of muddled thinking by the Australian selectors and gives England, big underdogs without Ben Stokes, real hope that they may just spring a surprise in this Ashes series.

An Australia representative at Twenty20 and Under-19 level, Bancroft, long identified as a batsman of the future due to his temperament at the crease, also impressed against Australia's best bowlers when facing New South Wales earlier this month.

"Shaun is playing very well at the moment, having scored consistently in the One-Day Cup and first three rounds of the Sheffield Shield competition", Hohns said. "He is a very talented and tough cricketer", Hohns said.

"Cameron has been a player of interest to us for some time now, having been unlucky to miss out on the Test tour to Bangladesh that was cancelled in 2015", Hohns said.

"Ashes selections ... made by morons masquerading as mentors".

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor congratulated Australia's selection panel for picking in-form players.

Geeves, a former Tasmania team-mate of Paine, acknowledged the 'keeper is excellent behind the stumps, but said that his batting has not been great.

In that match, Wade was preferred to Paine as the keeping option.

The reported side also sees Matt Renshaw dropped for Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh taking the number 6 spot.

In what appears certain to be England's last full dig before next week's first Test, the visitors went to lunch on day three at 7-439 in Townsville with a first-innings lead of 189.