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THE ASHES: AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND COMPOSITE XI

Let us know who you'd pick @TheCricketerMag

While we wait for Australia to pick their squad, we have decided to pick XIs from a hypothetically united Australia/England squad.

Let us know who would make your XI @TheCricketerMag...

Simon Hughes, editor

  1. Alastair Cook - His game looked in great order last summer. Hazlewood most likely threat as pitches it up.
  2. David Warner -Bristling with intent, can put bowling attack instantly on back foot.
  3. Steve Smith - Phenomenal mindset and consistency.
  4. Joe Root - Pure class. But must go big early in series. Aussies will target him with short ball.
  5. Jonny Bairstow - Very busy and agile batsman, must ward against playing too many shots.
  6. Glenn Maxwell - Prodigiously talented, has X factor,  but unknown quantity (obviously Stokes to replace Maxwell if available).
  7. Moeen Ali - Utterly brilliant destroyer of bowlers in the banner of Adam Gilchrist. Underrated bowler.
  8. Mitchell Starc - Not usually at his best with new ball but very dangerous with old one.
  9. Josh Hazlewood - Much improved, very steady, slightly quicker than he looks, good against Left handers.
  10. Nathan Lyon - Gets a lot of disconcerting bounce for a finger spinner.
  11. James Anderson - The peerless forensic examiner, determined to find a way to take wickets with the Kookaburra.

Jimmy "the peerless forensic examiner"

Huw Turbervill, managing editor

  1. David Warner – Belligerent and gifted match-changer.
  2. Alastair Cook – Priceless experience, run-churner. Looking to recapture amazing form of 2010/11 now he is unburdened of command.
  3. Joe Root – Wonderful talent. Nothing harder than being an England captain on an Ashes tour, though.
  4. Steve Smith – Unconventional but mightily effective, great character.
  5. Ben Stokes* - The big if! Obviously the best, most inspirational allrounder from either side; probably the world.
  6. Moeen Ali - Lyon is a better bowler but Moeen has undeniably better all-round worth.
  7. Jonny Bairstow – Matthew Wade is unproven, but Bairstow is a pretty consistent, quality batsman now and his glovework was good all summer.
  8. Mitchell Starc  - Left-arm swing king, handy bat.
  9. Pat Cummins – Excited at prospect of watching this paceman in full flow this winter.
  10. Stuart Broad – Controversial this… was England’s best bowler last time, narrowly pipping Anderson.
  11. Josh Hazlewood – Also controversial – narrowly pipping Anderson on basis it’s his home conditions and he’s a fine bowler.

Warner has 20 Test match hundreds to his name

James Coyne, assistant editor

  1. David Warner – Particularly dangerous in the second innings, and finding his voice as a leader.
  2. Alastair Cook – So much depends on his runs for England, and he must prove wrong the doubters who see diminishing returns.
  3. Joe Root – No qualms putting him at No.3 in my side with the range in his game.
  4. Steve Smith* – Has defied good judges before, and may do so again. A fine captain.
  5. Ben Stokes – The big if. No pace-bowling allrounder around the world approaches his class. If he doesn’t make the tour, Handscomb comes in as the first of all the batsmen on both sides who have yet to categorically secure their places.
  6. Moeen Ali – tends to chip in with bat or ball on separate occasions. Australia will test him in both disciplines like no team before, though.
  7. Bairstow – Becoming an immense presence. His glovework better than Wade's but not quite there with Nevill’s.
  8. Mitchell Starc – If fit, his left-arm pace could be the difference between the sides. Handy batsman.
  9. Pat Cummins – Would have been great to see him and Wood fight it out for the most exciting fast bowler…
  10. James Anderson – Just sneaks in there ahead of Broad, who has looked a bit restless this summer. Big series for Jimmy, though, to prove he can thrive with the Kookaburra ball.
  11. Nathan Lyon – Moeen is a terrific allrounder, but watching Lyon on song is a lovely thing indeed.

Australia's most successful Test off-spinner

Owen Riley, social media manager

  1. David Warner - Bludgeoner, anyone who does this sort of thing for a living is alright by me...
  2. Alastair Cook - Like watching the lead choirboy and school bully pairing up, good cop, bad cop...
  3. Steve Smith - Arguably the world’s best. Averages 69.02 as skipper and 77.40 with seven centuries in 15 Tests when captaining Australia on home soil.
  4. Joe Root - Determined to remain at No.4 so he slots in nicely to this rabble. A chance to prove his greatness with England on the back foot this winter.
  5. Ben Stokes - A waiting game but the contest will suffer without him...
  6. Jonny Bairstow - Game has reached another level to stave off thoughts of taking the gloves from him.
  7. Moeen Ali - Majestic ability with the bat outweighs Lyon’s skill with the ball.
  8. Mitchell Starc - Must be salivating at the thought of bowling at some of England’s lot.
  9. Stuart Broad - Very tempting to opt for the raw, express pace of Cummins who has finally strung a few Tests together - without setting the world alight. Over to Pat to make me look like a gargantuan fool. Stuart is proven over time and is always revved up against Australia - 21 wickets at 27.52 in 2013/14.
  10. Josh Hazlewood - 32 wickets at 20.90 in six home Tests last summer, a classy operator.
  11. James Anderson – coming off his best summer, backing him to have a decent series, has talked about running in and attacking top of off...

"English medium pace bowler skittles Aussies"