The Ashes: Who will have the answers?

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: Scott Boland of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Khaya Zondo of South Africa for a duck during day one of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at The Gabba on December 17, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The upcoming Ashes series promises to be tantalising and exciting. Bazball versus the more traditional, attritional approach that the Australians employ as two teams seek the still ultimate prize, the little urn.

The series winner will come down to the team that has the least question marks about it. For this reason this author contends that Australia will prevail in a challenging but ultimately comfortable victory.

For Australia there are a few questions that need answers. Can David Warner justify his place in the team for the entire series? If not then Australia will be forced to shuffle the batting order in some fashion or bring in the reserves in the form of either Marcus Harris or Matthew Renshaw.

In any case this would give rise to instability at the top of the order.

Another key question is the composition of the pace attack. Can Starc hold his nerve and place if the Bazball frenzy takes place ? As shown in the World Test Championship and other matches Starc can be expensive but he is a big time bowler taking crucial wickets at key moments.


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