HAMPSHIRE’S George Bailey is expected to be overlooked when Australia’s Ashes squad is named tomorrow.
Shaun Marsh is set to fill one of the spare batting spots, with the uncapped Bailey overlooked But Glenn Maxwell, who impressed in a t20 stint for Hampshire last year, is set to be included.
Brad Haddin, 35, will be Michael Clarke’s vice-captain after Shane Watson stood down at the end of last week, with younger men such as Dave Warner and Ed Cowan are not considered ready for the job.
It has been suggested Haddin could potentially play as a specialist No.6 batsman with Matthew Wade at No.7 and keeping wicket.
The Ageas Bowl International Cricket Academy’s Ashton Agar, a 19 year-old slow left-armer, is being tipped as the second Ashes spinner behind Nathan Lyon, having already been called up to Australia’s previous Test squad despite having made only six first-class appearances.
His West Australian coach Justin Langer has likened him to Kiwi star Daniel Vettori.
"Ashton reminds me very much of a young Vettori, he is very loose in the way he bowls, bats and fields," Langer said.
"He spins the ball, he loops it up, and he is looking to take wickets."
Australia's Ashes fast bowling battery is largely predictable.
Peter Siddle will join James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc, with Queenslander Ryan Harris to win a spot after a strong return from injury.
Jackson Bird appears to have edged ahead of Mitchell Johnson, while bowling all-rounder James Faulkner has been mentioned.