Clarke, Maxwell, Bailey: one of these three miss out in my Australian squad for the World Cup…
The Roar: Funnily enough, Michael Clarke’s extremely long odds of leading the Australian side in the 2015 Cricket World Cup actually make the 15-man squad a little easier to name.
It’s always felt to me that the 15 would be split pretty evenly – seven bats, seven bowlers, and a ‘keeper; Brad Haddin probably. Batting and bowling allrounders – think Mitch Marsh, James Faulkner, maybe Glenn Maxwell – would take up a spot in their respective dominant fields.
I think the squad used for the South African series gives a pretty strong hint to the World Cup squad, as will the squad for the Tri-Series with India and England. With the possible exception of someone like Ryan Harris, I can’t see anyone coming in for the World Cup who we haven’t yet seen in the coloured gear..
The Ashes celebrations in front of the Sydney Opera House – apparently the Kiwis think we’re going on about it a bit. Image: ABC Grandstand
RadioLIVE (NZ): Having conquered New Zealand print media, today I knocked off radio as well, chatting to John Day and Dave Worsley on the Weekend Sport program for RadioLIVE, New Zealand’s home of “entertaining talk and news as it happens”.
John and Dave were very keen to cover the big topics of Australian sport, and we did that, including: accusations of over-celebrating The Ashes win (what?!), Australian wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi carrying the Black Caps, Australia’s No.6 problems (in which I completely forget about the glittering career of Mike Hussey), Canberra’s favourite team, Ben Mowen’s looming departure, and little Lleyton Hewitt and the Australian Open tennis, interspersed with some seamless plugging of my column for Sky Sport – The Magazine. Hear it for yourself..
Steven Smith celebrates as his brought up his century on Day 1 of the Fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. Image: ABC Grandstand
It’s always good to get to an SCG Test, but all the more special this for being something of a catch-up session with many an English friend from the last Ashes Tour to these shores three years ago.
And the cricket wasn’t bad, either. Australia found themselves in the deep stuff just after lunch, yet found themselves in yet another dominant position at Stumps on Day 1 in Sydney.
A 128-run stand between Steven Smith and Brad Haddin in the middle session saw England’s thoughts on the day’s honours disappear in the space of two hours. Haddin was out for 75, but Smith went on to post 115, his second century of the series (a bold prediction of mine pre-series), the third of his career, and the first one the boys and I have seen on Day 1 in Sydney since Andrew Symonds raised three figures on the first day of that spiteful Test against India in January 2008 (where he smashed the cover off one in the 20s and was given not out).
Mitchell Johnson joined the party late in the day by removing Michael Carberry and generally scaring the bejesus out of English batsmen. It’s been a truly happy day..
(All but my planned cross with Test Match Sofa, which had to be canned after three attempts; they could hear me, I couldn’t hear anything. Hopefully normal transmission returns tomorrow..)
Nathan Lyon – somewhere in the middle – leads the Australian celebrations in the middle of the WACA on Tuesday evening. Image: Cricket Australia via Twitter
the Cheap Seats podcast: Your humble Ashes-winning podcast host, is finally rejoined by his regular Ashes-winning co-host Ryan O’Connell, for the final Ashes-winning Cheap Seats podcast of 2013.
In this episode, Ryan ponders just how small the shoes were that Glenn Mitchell filled more than admirably last week, and I suffer a horrible case of O’Connell-like mispronunciation.
Episode 27 talking points: the complete and comprehensive wrap of Australia’s big win in the Third Test in Perth, regaining the Ashes 3-0 with two Tests to play; a recap of our pre-series Bold Ashes Predictions; the surprises of the series so far; what might happen in Melbourne; the NRL hands down big penalties on Cronulla, and some individuals; the now-famous token A-League wrap, and to finish, our big moment of 2013.