Australia are one win away from retaining the Ashes in a series that sets them up for a historic campaign in 2023.
Resounding victories in Brisbane and Adelaide have revealed a weak England side – and have bloodied the next crop of Australian talent.
In 2023, the Australians will try to win a series on English soil for the first time since 2001 after narrowly missing the rare feat of the series drawn in 2019.
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan admits Australia are heading for a special series in 2023 as the Poms continue to flounder.
“I said that the last time they were here. I said the problem I found with this England test match team is that they don’t realize they are 100 miles away from winning in Australia, ”Vaughan told foxsports.com.au .
“But the Australians are very close to fighting us in the UK.
“It could be that the Australians will come in two and a half years with an incredible squad because I can’t imagine any of their players are going to disappear.”
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Alex Carey entered the squad after playing just two tests and already has the balance of a veteran, Jhye Richardson has shown he is the real deal with a brilliant performance in Adelaide.
Now paceman Scott Boland gets his shot, having made his surprise debut for the Boxing Day test.
Travis Head, 27, is expected to be at his peak in 2023, Cameron Green is only 22 and some are already switching him to become a generational all-rounder.
Opening batsmen Will Pucovski could feature in 2023 if he manages to overcome the concussion issues that have plagued his career in recent years.
Foxsports.com.au took a look at the men who could play a pivotal role in the 2023 Ashes.
Head was in a 50/50 selection battle with Usman Khawaja entering the first test, being chosen against the veteran Queensland.
He delivered immediately, scoring the fastest first century Ashes of all time at the Gabba with just 85 deliveries to sit behind Adam Gilchrist and Gilbert Jessop.
The South Australian has been racking up the Shield cricket tracks for years, averaging 40.54 in 128 games and has worn his rich vein of form in Test Cricket.
Head has competed in 21 tests, averaging 42.93 with eight fifties and three centuries to his name since making his debut in Dubai against Pakistan in 2018.
In January of this year, Head was dumped for Will Pucovski, but left working hard and fought back in the camp.
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The dynamic southpaw will turn 29 during the 2023 series and peak age for batsmen.
“He’s just reached that maturity as a player where he’s been going back and forth and now he’s probably thinking, ‘it’s my time.’ He can play,” Vaughan said.
“I just liked his attitude, it was so fearless. He didn’t care to talk about his place, he just went over there and supported himself,” Mark Waugh said after the brilliant tone of Head.
“Nationally he can score very quickly, he made 230 in a Marsh Cup match not too long ago in just over 100 balls (127 balls against Queensland on October 13), so he has the blows.
“But to do it on the big stage against England you have to be confident in your own game, and he has shown that he is a quality player.”
The Aussie side are hoping Head will become the right player experts have advised him to be in the years to come.
There hasn’t been a more dominant Shield player in recent memory than the ridiculous form of Cameron Green.
The 22-year-old has played 36 first-class games with an average of 51.32 and some of the best conversion stats you’ve ever seen, scoring eight tons and just seven fifty.
What’s even more astounding is that he initially beat at eight and nine, scoring 87 and 121 to burst onto the scene as a drummer in 2019.
The young cannon hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in the test arena, but has shown himself to be Australia’s current and future all-rounder.
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Green played 6 tests, scoring a fifty at an average of 30.11 while taking six wickets at an average of 36 with the ball.
Although he has struggled with the bat this series, Australian coaches will be happy to continue to pick him for the experience he will gain.
He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s golden boys and at just 24 years old in 2023, it’s scary to think of the player he could become.
Carey had to bide his time in Shield cricket behind the talented trio of Wade, Paine and Nevill.
He was prepped for his testing debut in the 2017/18 Ashes, but fell behind Paine who was an older head at the time.
In the meantime, Carey made his T20 and ODI debut for Australia and amassed 83 short-lived matches in the green and gold.
His first-class stats are solid and his selection was more than justified by his performances in his first two tests, playing with the maturity of a veteran.
Carey broke the record for most catches on his debut, winning eight over the two sets at Gabba.
Mark Waugh rated his glove job in his debut as a 10 out of 10.
“It will be up there with one of the best starts as a goalie,” Waugh said.
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“Seven catches and didn’t drop a ball the entire game. It’s a great start.
“Even his work with Nathan Lyon has been exemplary. His glovework was 10 out of 10.
“Everything just hit the middle of the glove and he made it easy.
One of Australia’s newest goalkeepers, Brad Haddin retired at 37, so Carey has time to keep the gloves on for an extended period.
The South Australian is currently 30 and will be 32 in the ashes of 2023.
Until then, Australia managers will see Carey as an older boss and someone who can lead the team with the maturity he has already shown.
“Alex Carey came in as if he had already played 50 test games,” said Vaughan.
“He just looks like a very, very mature person. Looks like he’s the kind of guy you want on your team.
With the bat he also showed more than capable, exploding an entertaining 51 in the opening innings in Adelaide to help his team to a whopping 473.
In the 2023 series, Carey will be in her prime and ready to help tourists win a shocked series.
Richardson has been behind Australia’s ‘big three’ for several years now, having made his debut against Sri Lanka in 2019.
The fast 25-year-old Australian only impressed in his three games with the baggy green, winning 11 wickets, including five wickets in England’s second round in the Adelaide Test.
Richardson has a brilliant first-class record, averaging just 21.26 with 95 wickets in 22 Sheffield Shield games.
The fast, skinny bowler hits the crease at a breakneck pace and moves the ball, which Michael Vaughan says will make him a threat in 2023.
“I have always liked Jhye Richardson a lot. I think he’s going to be an absolute star, ”Vaughan said.
“And I think he’s going to be the type of bowler that’s going to have huge success in England.
“If you put a Duke bullet in Jhye Richardson’s hands, I think he’s going to be a huge hit.”
Mitchell Starc, 31, and Josh Hazlewood, 30, will come to the twilight of their careers and the Australian side will have to manage their bowling loads for years to come.
Which means Richardson could find himself a mainstay in Australia’s bowling lineup or even a brilliant save option that could find its way into the camp in the 2023 series.
Pucovski has been sidelined since making his Test debut in January, injuring his shoulder in the series against India.
Concussions also interrupted Pucovski’s return, suffering his 10th blow to the head during preseason training with Victoria in October.
The 23-year-old turned half a century into his SCG debut and was the obvious choice before his injuries.
National Selectors Chief George Bailey has said that due to his interrupted preparation, Pucovski will make way for Harris to start at the top of the order.
Victorian coach Chris Rogers has said Australia’s managers have a “strong desire” to bring him into the Test squad and is preparing for the future.
“It’s really difficult to go into one of these games without preparation,” he said.
“Everyone involved in these conversations understands that we have immense talent in our hands and we want him to play for five to 10 years, so these are the decisions that we are going to make in his best interests to prepare him to have. a long career.
“Of course he wants to play for Australia for a long time. There is a strong desire to bring him into this Australian team, he’s such a talented player.
“I think the decision is to take care of him and give him a little more time to prepare at the right time rather than rushing him into games that are going to have a lot of intensity and control.”
If all goes according to plan, Pucovski will likely gear up for the Ashes 2023 series and with his tight technique and patient style, he will make the best top notch drummers for years to come.