Test Pick a likely Australian Test team for next summer's series against India

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Even though Australia is on a tour of New Zealand, thoughts now turn to next summer's blockbuster Test series against India, and who will be in the Australian team for that series.

Who will open the batting now that David Warner has retired?

What about the middle order, and can Marcus Labuschange hold onto his position in the team?

And would it be possible for Australia to rotate the bowling attack and give up and coming fast bowlers a chance to put their names in front of the selectors, especially considering the fact that England will be coming over for the Ashes series in 2025/26?

So, now is the time to be a selector, and pick a likely 12 for the first Test against India next summer.

Discuss.
 

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Khawaja
Smith
Labuschagne
Green
Head
Marsh
Carey
Cummins
Starc
Hazlewood
Lyon
12th one of Renshaw/Neser/Bancroft/Morriss et al.

Uninspired because if they were looking at any material changes they would have made them against PAK/WI.
Yep this will more than likely be the side. Wouldn't be that upset if Marsh is no longer there and Green improves and has secured his spot in the team.
 
If Green is providing enough balance to the side with runs and wickets and Marsh gets injured or loses form you could bring in McSweeney at 6 or another young batter.
Someone would really want to smash it in the shield at the start of next season. Hopefully Bancroft and Webster continue from this season.
 
I would have thought, considering this team is the best in world cricket currently, that selection would be pretty straight forward.
 
If I was in charge of the Australia v India Test series fixtures, this is how it goes:

1st Test- Optus Stadium, Perth
2nd Test- The Gabba, Brisbane
3rd Test- Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (D/N)
4th Test- MCG, Melbourne
5th Test- SCG, Sydney

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If Pucovski is available, then he has to be in.
Needs runs in the next 9 months. Should probably be trying to get some county cricket

Even then I am not sure Australia would select him due to not ever being sure you can rely on him playing regularly enough
 

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If Pucovski is available, then he has to be in.

Needs to prove he won't get himself concussed every second innings or take a break when he wants to. He played a good innings last time for Victoria, his challenge is doing it every week and backing it up. He's talented but he's not realistically a chance till Khawaja retires at best.
 
Needs to prove he won't get himself concussed every second innings or take a break when he wants to. He played a good innings last time for Victoria, his challenge is doing it every week and backing it up. He's talented but he's not realistically a chance till Khawaja retires at best.
i've had khawaja pencilled in to finish at the end of the upcoming new zealand series for a while now.

it's now likely he will play the next aussie summer.

if he does this he will be defying the odds becoming the 4th player in the last 45 years or so to play test cricket at the age of 38 (border 38, s.waugh 38, dutchy holland 39 - after debuting at age 38).
 
i've had khawaja pencilled in to finish at the end of the upcoming new zealand series for a while now.

it's now likely he will play the next aussie summer.

if he does this he will be defying the odds becoming the 4th player in the last 45 years or so to play test cricket at the age of 38 (border 38, s.waugh 38, dutchy holland 39 - after debuting at age 38).

No way is Khawaja retiring overseas. Eiether goes after next home series OR the following one. Khawaja is a tricky one as he's helped by relatively being a one form specialist, really has only played the odd white ball match his whole career. This keeps him relatively fresh. Weirdly wouldn't be shocked if Smith goes before.
 
No way is Khawaja retiring overseas. Eiether goes after next home series OR the following one. Khawaja is a tricky one as he's helped by relatively being a one form specialist, really has only played the odd white ball match his whole career. This keeps him relatively fresh. Weirdly wouldn't be shocked if Smith goes before.
hardly played shield this summer as well :)
 
hardly played shield this summer as well :)

Yep, you'd think they would continue that. Only slight thing was this summer we saw him throwing his wicket away in the 50-70 range, which is great but 12 months prior he was making 120+. The cliff can come VERY quickly at that age.
 
That's not really a plus for Bancroft. His body of work is two (maybe three?) failed stints in the Test side and getting busted trying to sandpaper the ball, plus some Shield runs.
It's those shield runs that some would say he should get another crack.
 
That's not really a plus for Bancroft. His body of work is two (maybe three?) failed stints in the Test side and getting busted trying to sandpaper the ball, plus some Shield runs.

Whilst true least he isn’t headbutting the ball every two innings
 

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