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Australia's quicks will rebound on home soil

UPDATED 30 August, 2013 2:43PM AEST | by Arthur Pagonis, fan writer for The Roar 2

Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle deserve a new set of boots, a Bex and a good lie down - for at least two months.

On the flattest wickets in England for 50 years, these two played like heroes. Pete’s vegan diet hasn’t hurt him one bit and Harris' operation was a clear success.

They both looked stronger than I have seen them in many years.

James Faulkner got six wickets at The Oval in circumstances where England were chasing runs at the tail-end of both innings.

But what James offers is likeable. He used the back of the hand change of pace beautifully. He varied his line over and around the wicket. 

He changes speeds brilliantly and knocked some poles back by surprising the English with the change of pace.

But he, Siddle, Mitchell Starc, who worked very hard, James Pattinson and Josh Hazelwood need to be able to master reverse, change of pace and hit the spot with all deliveries. 

They all need to make sure their batting and fielding, and their bodies, are as strong as a marathon sprinter.

It’s been raining for a month here in Perth and in Brisbane, so the WACA and the Gabba will be conducive for the quicks.

Michael Clarke’s argument with Kevin Pietersen was not a case of letting sleeping dogs lie, so it will be fire with fire when the Poms arrive in November.

The players who start preparing now to face England will get selected.

The batters surprisingly name themselves: Warner and Rogers to open, Watson 3, Clarke 4, Smith 5, Faulkner 6, Haddin 7, Starc/Pattinson 8, Siddle 9, Harris 10, Lyon/Ahmed 11 with Shaun Marsh or Joe Burns 13th/14th man.

The Sheffield Shield states should be organising games now. Spin people such as Ahmed, Agar, Maxwell, Lyon, need to be cherry ripe come November.

Also, Marsh and Joe Burns need runs under the belt on Aussie wickets.

Phil Hughes, Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Ed Cowan, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nic Maddinson, Alex Doolan, Jordan Silk and other tourists all need to get started early to build on successful tours.

They need to be physically strong, fit, and their techniques at their best. Cowan and Hughes are not physically imposing. They need to go to weights.

We need to throw some people at the Poms every Test who they have not seen. We used 17 in England this summer, and don’t be surprised if we do use 14-15 in the summer here.

This summer is going to be electric!

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The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 30 August, 2013 2:39PM AEST

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