Oz media says 'new contract list' proof that Ashes 'distant dream' for Aussies

Sydney, Apr 4 (ANI): The Australian media has said the list of the contracted players issued by the national selection panel for the 2013-14 season is proof that Australia has little chance of winning at the Ashes.

Stating that the diagnosis for the Ashes is not good if the contracted players represent the best cricketers in this country, News.com.au said that the team management and the selectors are not thinking clearly.

According to the report, the frightening fact is that the skills necessary to play in 10 Ashes Tests in the year ahead is hardly represented in the contracted players listed yesterday, adding that Tests against England are the most important fixtures Australian cricketers can play.

Although the report said that the selection panel had a difficult task as it had 20 contracts to allot to players over all the three forms of cricket, it added that the team will not win the Ashes as the list is not strong enough even with two keepers- Matthew Wade and Brad Haddin, off-spinner Nathan Lyon and seven batsmen.

The report further suggested that Ed Cowan and David Warner would open - in the first Test at least, adding that Phillip Hughes will perform well at the No. 3 slot, skipper Michael Clarke could then bat at four and his deputy Shane Watson at five.

According to the report, although Glenn Maxwell, who is a better batsman than bowler, bowled better than he batted in India, he is a doubtful choice on the contract list as his fragile temperament was exposed in India, where he was unable to bowl long periods of tight spin, and erratic shot choices when at the crease.

The report also doubted the selection of George Bailey, adding that he has not played Test cricket, has averaged 18 in the Sheffield Shield this season and has an overall first-class average of a middling 38. (ANI)

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