The things are getting bit serious with Tuesday Australia v Australia match turning out as clash for securing Ashes berths in Australia team for some of the fringe players.
Selectors have almost shortlisted bulk of the expected 16-man for the Ashes Tour of England but there are still several key berths up for grabs.
Justin Langer speaking to reporters said that ‘three to four’ positions will command his attention and that of selection panel chair Trevor Hohns throughout the four-day game between 12-man teams coached by Brad Haddin and Graeme Hick at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.
“I think there is a couple of bowling positions up for grabs, probably a couple of batting positions,” Langer told reporters as the teammates turned rivals completed their final pre-game training session.
“There will be a lot of discussion about whether we have an extra spinner, a lot of discussion about whether we have an extra wicketkeeper.It won’t necessarily be a straight shootout, but there will certainly be good opportunities for guys,” he said.
While planning to cover all contingencies and conditions with a finite list of personnel is always fraught, the selection process for the upcoming five-Test campaign against England (starting August 1) is made more complex for a couple of reasons.