The Ashes squad is to be announced tomorrow. The players are going to be dutifully waiting for the phone call which will determine the outcome of their life. Really, truly. It's that important if you're keen to blow it out of proportion as I often do.
It's mostly only the allrounder spots that are in contention, the rest seems pretty clear cut. Or at least, enough to make a likely decision about which players should be named in the touring squad. Personally, I think that Andrew Symonds might not make the cut this time, but if I were picking the team, I'd probably have him in the mix because he has proven in the past he can be an influential player.
Our spin bowling is still looking weak, and it will remain weak for the entire series. And this is while we're hearing news that the English are probably going to be preparing wickets with enough turn in them to sufficiently assist spinners. Oh dear. I don't particularly fear for our pace bowlng attack, but when it comes to spin, you could hardly call it an "attack", could you? It's more like a one-person tobogganer trying to make their way down a steep mountain.
Apparently our openers have been getting chummy lately. It's good to hear Katich can be friendly with someone on the team, although I think it does help that Hughes is not a pansy like dear old Pup. He smokes in the outfield, you know. Clarke would never do that.