Australia Ashes Squad
Ricky Ponting (Captain) Right hand batsman, usually bats at number 3. Skipper Ponting had a successful 2005 tour with the bat although his captaincy came in for a lot of criticism.
Michael Clarke (Vice Captain) Right hand batsman and handy left arm slow orthodox bowler.
Stuart Clark Right arm fast-medium bowler. Consistently accurate bowler similar to Glenn McGrath, returning to the test side after an elbow operation.
Brad Haddin (Wicketkeeper) Right hand batsman, big hitter in the middle order with one test century to his name in 15 tests.
Nathan Hauritz Slow right arm bowler. Has taken 14 wickets in his 4 tests to date, regarded by many as the weak link in the Aussie bowling attack.
Ben Hilfenhaus Right arm fast-medium bowler who impressed on the tour of South Africa were he filled in for Lee and Clark.
Phillip Hughes Left handed opening batsman, made an impressive start to test cricket with 2 centuries against South Africa in his first 3 tests.
Michael Hussey left handed middle order batsman. Known as ‘Mr Cricket’, Hussey is the fastest man to a 1000 test runs, is currently going through a bit of a rut by his standards.
Mitchell Johnson Left arm fast bowler and handy middle order left hand batsman with all-rounder potential. Bowling average of 28 and batting of 34, Johnson is a fast improving cricketer expected to make a major impact in the Ashes.
Simon Katich Left handed opening batsman and occasional left arm slow bowler. An underrated performer of the team, Katich has filled many roles in the top 6 and is a more than useful spin bowling option.
Brett Lee Right arm fast bowler, form has been a bit up and down over the last 12 months and he is just coming back from foot and ankle problems.
Andrew McDonald Right hand middle order batsman and slow right arm bowler. His record with bat and ball is nothing to write home about but he is a gritty batsman and bowls a good accurate nagging line and length giving him a good economy rate.
Graham Manou (Wicketkeeper) Right hand batsman who is back up keeper to Brad Haddin, a modest domestic average of 24 sees Manou regarded as more of a gloveman than a batsman.
Marcus North Left handed batsman and slow right arm bowler. Another player brought in to fill the gaps in the South Africa tour, North took his chance with a century on debut, also adds an extra option with his bowling.
Peter Siddle Right arm fast-medium bowler, big of an unknown quantity in England. Siddle struggled early on against South Africa last December before coming good and looking the part, could well be a surprise package on this tour.
Shane Watson Right handed batsman and right arm fast-medium bowler, regarded as Australia’s premier all-rounder. Watson has had an injury plagued career so far and will be looking to restart his promising test career.
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