Ashes legacy call for ‘ seniors’
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.