|He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right...|
Don't get me wrong, this will be a good series and the Aussies arrive with a team in transition with a mixture of new faces and those of a more familiar nature. Led by Michael Clarke, we all know about Shane Watson, Ben Hilfenhaus, our good old friend who will keep us entertained, Mitchell Johnson, and a man possibly on his last tour to England, the legendary Brett Lee.
They arrive with a few youngsters and the batting department will no doubt include George Bailey, skipper of their T20 side, and Peter Forrest, who is an ex star of some reality tv show on offer over there about lifeguards. I see the country who gave us Prisoner Cell Block H, still leads the way when it comes to cerebral watching!
|This man will be scaring kids all over England as of Friday|
Behind the sticks, Matthew Wade will don the gloves, and the destructive Victorian is one player I am really looking forward to seeing how he copes with English conditions. His keeping often gets overlooked by his innovative batting, but anyone who can keep the gloves off Matt Prior, as he does for Victoria, can't be a mug.
In the spin bowling department is the man who made our Ugly XI, Steve Smith and whilst he may have a face like a frog licking piss off of a nettle, he is an outstanding fielder. He had a fantastic IPL and also bowls a decent leg break, although whether the English conditions in such a poor summer suit leg spin remains to be seen.
The quick bowling will consist of a man known to our friends up in Yorkshire as he played for them last year in the T20, Clint McKay. The man who sounds like a cowboy, will also be known to Indians - Mumbai Indians that is, as he played for them, and he can bat too.
|Cummins...a meteoric rise to fame|
James Pattinson, the brother of England one cap wonder Darren will also be around, and is described as an honest bowler. Let's hope he is more honest than another James with dual Aussie/English nationality, the troubled Mr Murdoch! However, the one I can't wait to see is 19 year old Pat Cummins. The New South Wales quickie took seven wickets on debut versus South Africa, and anyone who does that has to be useful. He has had a meteoric rise to fame and is supposed to be rapid.
So that rounds up our preview of the new kids on the block Aussie wise, but hands up if you'd prefer to see a fifth Test v South Africa? I for one, would most certainly!