How long can Aussies stay together now?

THE urn was regained, but who will be around to try and retain it for Australia in England in 2015?

Eight members of Michael Clarke's triumphant side are over 30, with Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin both 36, so it will be unlikely they will feature in the first Test at Lord's. England's tormentor, Mitchell Johnson, will be almost 34 when the series starts, while pace partner Ryan Harris will be pushing 36. Peter Siddle will still be a youngster at 30.

Clarke will be 34, but he'll still be good enough providing his back lets him, but what about Shane Watson at 34 and George Bailey at 33? But who would you replace them with?

The pace barrel appears well stocked, providing Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird stay fit, while James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes should all come into the reckoning.

Only time will tell.

Topics:  ashes cricket

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