Australia’s top order flop as questions continue to be raised

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Under-fire Mike Hussey and Marcus North did themselves no favours in their search for an Ashes Test place after low scores in Retravision Warrior’s tie with DEC Bushrangers.

The two have come under real pressure from the Australian public surrounding their places in the Test side and Hussey, who was out for a duck, has averaged just 26.36 from 13 innings since his last century against Pakistan.

North has come under real criticism from both the Australian press and public but a century against India and for Western Australia had seen that lifted slightly, however his 17 in last night’s innings has put his Test position under scrutiny once again.

North can gloat a little though, he was Australia’s top scoring batsman in their domestic ties last night with Ricky Ponting managing 7, Shane Watson 6, Simon Katich 1 and Brad Haddin 10 – Michael Clarke did not feature.

Australia seem to be in disarray at the moment and the selectors have just 10 days to whittle down the 17-man squad to a best 11 as they attempt to regain the Ashes – Australia are 4/5 to win the Ashes.

With public confidence and player confidence at an unusual low, England have their best chance in 13 years of winning an Ashes series in Australia and they are 7/4 to do so.

But one man that offered a beacon of hope to the Aussies last night was Mitchell Johnson.

The man usually thrown the new ball to do some damage to the top order, did some damage with the bat to the DEC Bushrangers bowling attack with 82 runs from 88 balls.

Johnson is 9/4 to be Australia’s leading series wicket-taker but with the way the top order are performing, the 125/1 for Mitchell Johnson to be Australia’s leading series runscorer may not be a bad bet.

Ponting is 3/1 to be the top Australia series runscorer. See the latest Ashes betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.