Ashes 2017/18: Shane Warne Turns Selector, Lists his England & Australia XI
Cricketing legend and commentator Shane Warne recently declared his suitable England and Australia XIs which will play in the upcoming Ashes Tour Down Under later this year.
England will tour Australia in November to kick off yet another edition of the historic cricketing rivalry. The buzz has already been created, as both the sides look to iron out the existing flaws in their lineups to field the best possible XI for the vintage series that involves the highest amount of pride and emotion for both the country.
Warne took into consideration the current scenario of both the side before making his judgment on the possible line-up. The list of players on paper looks fantastic and, an honest attempt to skim the best in form names and probables who could likely feature in the contest.
The English XI features two ambitious names – opener Mark Stoneman and uncapped leg spinner Mason Crane.
Stoneman, the left handed batsman, recently made his debut at Birmingham in the opening Test of the home series against West Indies and has three Tests under his belt. His case for an Ashes selection looks sharp after the knocks of 52 in the 2nd Test at Leeds and an impressive 40 not out at Lord’s.
The leg spinning legend also decided to place his trust in the best leg spinning talent England currently has apart from Adil Rashid – Mason Crane. The 20-year-old is just two T20Is old, and it seems that his chances of playing in the starting XI in an Ashes game are very dim. It due to the presence of a highly improved Moeen Ali and because England may not opt for two spinners under normal circumstances.
The rest of the XI seems possible. Warne also names five bench players who feature left-arm spinner Ben Foakes, opener David Malan, fast bowling duo of Toby Roland Jones and Mark Wood along with wicket keeper Jos Buttler.
The Australian XI is pretty much the recently gelled side which played away Test series against India and Bangladesh.
Here are the lineups:
Mark Stoneman, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Mason Crane, James Anderson
Bench: Ben Foakes, David Malan, Roland Jones, Mark Wood, Jos Butler
Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Mathews Wade, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 10, 2017
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