Sydney, Australia (BBN)-Australia’s failure to retain the Ashes is going to lead to changes. Major changes.
In an interview with ESPN Cricinfo (h/t Jesse Hogan of the Sydney Morning Herald), ex-captain Ricky Ponting said: “There could be up to eight guys who might not ever play Test cricket again in this touring squad.”
It is already known that Michael Clarke will not be around after the final match of the series against England, reports Bleacher Report.
Australia’s current captain announced after the fourth Test defeat at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, that he will be retiring once the series has come to a conclusion.
Clarke told Channel 9 (h/t Sky Sports): “It’s time for the next generation.”
He is not the only one who will be wearing the Baggy Green for the last time at the Oval in London.
Per BBC Sport, opening batsman Chris Rogers revealed prior to the tour that he would be hanging up his batting gloves at the end of the series.
Ryan Harris, meanwhile, was forced to retire at the start of the trip because of a knee injury.
Brad Haddin and Shane Watson did not feature in the XI after the first Test defeat in Cardiff, Wales, while several other members of the squad are on the wrong side of 30.
Australia could therefore have a very different lineup when they travel to Bangladesh in October for a two-Test series.
We have taken out the crystal ball and predicted their 15-man squad for that tour.