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Ashes 2019: How Australia’s batting ranks exploded before England Test series

Fox Sports Australia – Baggy greens were handed out – six times in four months to be precise – while others were awarded recalls after excruciating waits.

Summary

  • England is understandably the series favourite – the nation is on its home turf where Australia hasn’t won a Test series since the same year.
  • The odds suggest that will stay the same, but Australia will at least be grateful that the series is this year, because last year, its batting stocks were slim.
  • In one scrape of sandpaper on a ball, Australia lost three incumbent batsmen; Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
  • It became abundantly clear in the coming months that Australia was ill-prepared to deal with the exodus as it lost a Test series to Pakistan and then – for the first time ever – to India at home.
  • OPINION: What must not be forgotten in cricket’s cruellest defeatAustralia then played Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in February that saw one more batsman earn his Baggy Green – Kurtis Patterson – while fast bowler Jhye Richardson was the last debutant of the summer.


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