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    Australia name Ashes squad

    Australians name squad for Ashes


    Symonds has a Test batting average of over 40

    Australia have named their 16-man squad for the Ashes series in England and there is no recall for all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
    The 33-year-old missed out on a place despite captain Ricky Ponting saying hours earlier that he would not be surprised if Symonds' Test exile ended.
    There is also no place for Brad Hodge, with Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald earning the all-rounder spots.
    The squad includes 11 players who will be making their first Ashes tour.
    As expected there are recalls for pace bowlers Stuart Clark and Brett Lee, who have missed most of the Australian summer through injury.
    'Great challenge'
    With Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus also selected, there is room for only one specialist slow bowler - and that berth goes to off-spinner Nathan Hauritz.
    South Australian Graham Manou is named as wicketkeeper Brad Haddin's understudy.
    Selector Andrew Hilditch said the squad contained a blend of experience and youth, with the core of the squad picked from the side which won the Test series in South Africa.
    "We expect the Ashes to be an exciting and riveting encounter, consistent with the great tradition of rivalry between England and Australia," Hilditch said.
    "Attempting to beat England on home soil is a great challenge for this young Australian squad and both Ricky and the squad are looking forward to it immensely. It promises to be a very exciting series."
    Symonds had been tipped for a recall by Ponting, which would have come just five months after the all-rounder was fined by Cricket Australia over a remark he made in a radio interview - the latest in a history of off-field disciplinary problems.
    An exciting, fast-scoring batsman who can bowl medium pace or spin, Symonds earned this assessment from Ponting ahead of the squad announcement: "I wouldn't be surprised if he's named.
    "He's worked his way back into domestic cricket pretty well and played well for us over in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. There's no doubt about that and obviously the selectors are going to have some tough decisions to make in the coming hours."
    Impressive opener
    One player who was always certain to feature was left-handed opener Phillip Hughes, who has been hugely impressive this season batting for Middlesex.
    The 20-year-old scored 415 runs at an average of 69 in three Tests in South Africa before heading to England for a stint with Middlesex, where he has scored 882 runs in 13 innings.
    The five-Test Ashes series starts in Cardiff on 8 July, with Australia hoping to retain the urn they won back from England with a 5-0 whitewash in 2006/7.
    The full Australia squad is: Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke (vc), Stuart Clark, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Graham Manou, Andrew McDonald, Marcus North, Peter Siddle, Shane Watson.


    just 50 days to go till the first test! i predict 5-0 again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones
    Australia have named their 16-man squad for the Ashes series in England and there is no recall for all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
    that's a surprise...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones
    The squad includes 11 players who will be making their first Ashes tour.
    That is a good and bad call...................more good then bad but it makes my wager with bkkandrew a little bit more risky, great for the future of Aussie cricket though.

    I reckon Symond's omission is a mistake as he is one bloke who can turn a game with his batting and fielding and his medium pacers could of worked well in English conditions.

    Anywho bring on the ashes..........I can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    I reckon Symond's omission is a mistake as he is one bloke who can turn a game with his batting and fielding and his medium pacers could of worked well in English conditions.
    when he was on form, yes.

    now, he is little more than a childish distraction to the rest of the sqaud, liable to turn up drunk, get in fights at the pub, piss off fishing for a few days.

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    Why did they pick Ponting. He's a useless captain.

    Oh, jolly good. Carry on...

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    i would have liked to see symonds in the side. especially since there are not many players with his experience. i don't care about his off field antics, and i don't care that he doesn't make that many runs for queensland. he is the kind of player that would be an asset to any team..

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    Shit Aussie team, gonna get hammered in English conditions.

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