Is the Australian Test side set up for success over the next four years?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Usman Khawaja of Australia bats as Jonny Bairstow of England keeps wicket during Day Four of the LV= Insurance Ashes 5th Test match between England and Australia at The Kia Oval on July 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

And breathe. Finally, inevitably, the Ashes is over.

At some points over the last five weeks it felt as if we might never stop playing cricket, that the men’s teams had agreed with the ICC that it was better for broadcasters and advertisers if they simply played in perpetuity.

The fifth Test, while littered with great moments and the compulsory drama that went with this series, was notable mostly for the glaringly obvious fatigue which had set in amongst the players.

Both teams featured a number of players who competed in all five matches, and the minds and bodies looked more than ready for the post-series drinks that eventuated (supposedly) in a London nightclub.

But let’s look to the future and take a look at how the Australian squad fared, and how they’ll factor in to the next four years until the team finds themselves in England once again.

Usman Khawaja

Mr Slow. Captain Attrition. The Silky Opener. Call him what you will, but Khawaja finished the series as the leading run-scorer and second on the all-time list for Test open

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