Australia squad: Tim Paine (capt, wk), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne (lols), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc Out: Joe Burns, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Jhye Richardson
Clearly I was worrying over nothing. Rashid bringing out an absolute cracker of a ball, Curran putting it in the right places and Jimmy finishing things off nicely.
All in all, a great series. The batsmen definitely need to knuckle down on the winter tours, but I'm very happy with Curran as one for the future. I think they need to get another bowler in the squad to learn and eventually replace Anderson (and Broad in time); Woakes will come back in, so perhaps he may get the new ball in Sri Lanka.
And Cook will be a huge loss, both in runs and as a team player. He goes out as one of the great openers of the modern era.
Looks like Australia will play as many as 4 debutants in the opening Pakistan test. Finch and Head are in, renshaw was hit in the head during fielding practice and is very doubful so Labuschagne is likely to play and Michael Nesar is up against Siddle for the 2nd fast bowler spot.
Players union is already saying they should be reinstated immediately. There is clearly a PR campaign going on to get the players back in and to blame the administrators. Obviously not by CA, but someone behind the scenes is pushing for this.
I mean, fuck CA, it's definitely their fault too, but it's just more evidence of the rotten culture from top to bottom of cricket in Australia right now.