Over the past 12 months, Cricket Australia has been in turmoil struggling to find fitting replacements for the gaping holes left by those from Australia's cricketing golden era, and battling with managerial decisions and poor off-field behaviour.
This toxic combination is one that no cricket team should ever have to deal with, let alone before two back-to-back Ashes series.
But can Australia cause an upset? People are forgetting that this Australian team is still full of talent, regardless of current form – they are a skilful bunch.
So why can Australia prove everyone in the world wrong and cause an upset?
It's simple really, let's take a look.
Michael Clarke – The Australian captain is an absolute run machine and his aggressive captaincy style is perfectly fitted to an Ashes series.
Since being appointed the captaincy, Clarke's batting has excelled, as he has punished the best bowlers all around the world in Bradmanesque fashion, and if England want to enjoy a successful Ashes then they will have to dismiss Clarke cheaply.
Chris Rogers – The one test veteran's selection in the Australian squad has reflected just how hungry Australia are to win this series, as it is a far from orthodox move selecting a 35 year old in a squad in transition.
However, I'm sure the English bowlers would have much preferred to have bowled to Ed Cowan, as they will be having flashbacks about all the times Rogers has taken them to pieces on every ground in England.
The Middlesex man has made 19853 runs at an impressive average of 50.38, and with his county cricket expertise, he will not only provide stability to a notoriously fragile Australian top order, but also fill the team with knowledge – a great selection.
The bowling attack – The Australian bowling attack is well respected and a largely talented bunch of humans.
James Pattinson is the spearhead and the most dangerous bowler of the lot as he shapes it both ways at tremendous pace whilst backing it up with relentless aggression.
Mitchell Starc reminds us all of Bruce Reid as the tall left-armer looks the real deal, and on his day, if the duke starts swinging, he could be unplayable with his toe-crushing yorkers.
Peter Siddle is the what Australian cricket is about, never giving up, and running in all day with a lionhearted approach to playing for your country.
He will hit areas all day while the other two look to pick up wickets. But the greatest thing about this bowling attack is its depth.
If one of these three pick up an injury, in comes Jackson Bird, the McGrath comparison who is perfectly suited to English conditions.
Or Ryan Harris, who looks like picking up a wicket every ball, and if he isn't injured, is Australia's best bowler.
So there we have it, three pretty decent reasons to why the Australian team shouldn't be written off so quickly.I mean after all they are Aussies.
England's recent form against New Zealand was questionable and if England pick up a few injuries and give Australia a sniff, anything is possible.
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