The men under pump for Trent Bridge


Adam Voges

*Series batting average of 14.60

*Why they’d keep him: Century on Test debut in West Indies and a wealth of experience in county cricket particularly at Trent Bridge where he played for Nottinghamshire for four seasons.

*Why they’d drop him: Has offered little in Australia’s collapses at Cardiff and Edgbaston. Shaun Marsh has two centuries on tour.

Michael Clarke

*Series batting average of 18.80

*Why they’d keep him: Bill Lawry remains Australia’s only Test captain to be sacked mid-series. As a general rule it just doesn’t happen.

*Why they’d drop him: Has looked unconvincing since returning from hamstring surgery. In his past 28 Test innings, has reached 25 just six times and scored two hundreds.

Mitch Marsh

* Series batting average of 15

* Wickets: 3 at 21

* Why they’d keep him: Showed an ability to take partnership-breaking wickets at Lord’s and the selectors will be reluctant to go back to Shane Watson who was axed after the first Test in Cardiff.

* Why they’d drop him: Looked clueless against the swinging ball playing two bad shots to get out when his team needed him to hang around. Trent Bridge is a ground where the ball is notorious for moving around.

Mitchell Starc

* Wickets taken: 12 at 31.66

* Series batting average: 24.50

* Why they’d keep him: Capable of producing some brilliant wicket-taking deliveries and his left-armed pace has worried England on occasions. A very capable lower order batsman.

* Why they’d drop him: Has struggled with his line to frustrate Michael Clarke, especially in the first innings at Edgbaston that allowed England to build up a decent lead.

Josh Hazelwood

* Wickets taken: 14 at 22.50

* Series batting average: 20.50

* Why they’d keep him: Leading wicket-taker in the series with a decent average who bowled superbly at Lord’s.

* Why they’d drop him: Looked a different bowler and his pace was way down at Edgbaston where Clarke ignored him for most of England’s first innings after Ian Bell and Joe Root scored freely against his bowling.

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