Ashes legacy call for ‘ se­niors’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE play­ers who have been part of 14 years of mis­ery on English soil will be given the op­por­tu­nity to ex­or­cise their de­mons once and for all.

Dad’s Army slurs have done noth­ing to sway se­lec­tors from their pre­tour mantra that ex­pe­ri­ence will be the key to mak­ing history this Ashes se­ries, with un­der- pres­sure stars Shane Wat­son and Chris Rogers to be backed to the hilt in an en­vi­ron­ment they know so well.

Aus­tralia will en­ter the first Test with just two play­ers, Adam Vo­ges and Josh Ha­zle­wood, who are un­scarred by Ashes tours past.

This is a side hun­gry and driven to add a vi­tal piece to its legacy be­fore fa­ther time catches up with them all.

That’s why the se­lec­tors have picked so many se­nior play­ers such as Brad Haddin, skip­per Michael Clarke said.

“Be­cause the guys have played ... in all the dif­fer­ent con­di­tions you face in Eng­land,” he said.

“What­ever is thrown at us, we’re go­ing to have to find a way to adapt as quickly as pos­si­ble with both bat and ball. Beat­ing teams in their own back yard is the tough­est part of our game,” he said.

Rogers, a master of scor­ing runs in Eng­land, is back from con­cus­sion to re­claim his po­si­tion at the top of the or­der ahead of tour­match cen­tu­rion Shaun Marsh, who had played the last five Tests for Aus­tralia.

But Wat­son in par­tic­u­lar was un­der a cloud of doubt head­ing into this cam­paign, af­ter fail­ing for con­sis­tency in re­cent Test matches and be­ing un­able to bowl in the open­ing Ashes tour game due to sore­ness.

Brad Haddin.

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