Australia have cut opening batsman Ed Cowan and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from their list of 18 centrally-contracted players, but handed opener Phillip Hughes another chance to establish himself in the national set-up.
Speculation has reportedly emerged over another high-profile exit after the Ashes finale in Sydney as England batsman Kevin Pietersen was tumbled out cheaply again in the midst of a dismal England batting display on day two at the SCG.
Australian cricket player Ed Cowan has admitted that after being dropped from the Australian team following the first Ashes Test, days turned into ordeals but he has also had plenty of time to work on his batting technique.
Australian batsman Ed Cowan will captain the XI squad in a three-day match against Sussex from Friday at the Sussex County Cricket Club ground, even though he has been dumped from the first and the second Tests.
Australian batsman Steve Smith has reportedly been chosen for the middle order batting post ahead of suspended opener David Warner, while Ed Cowan will bat at first drop against England in the first Ashes Test starting on Wednesday.
Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has spoken of the death threats and intimidation he received before fleeing to Australia and getting a fairytale chance to play in the Ashes series in England starting this month.
Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has expressed his frustration with the selectors, saying that he believes that the number of opening batsmen in their Ashes squad suggested that the selectors still could not figure out the best XI.
Spin legend Shane Warne today defended Australian coach Mickey Arthur despite the team`s dismal show in the ongoing four-Test rubber, saying the South African should not be made ‘scapegoat’ after the series.