For those Australians involved in the Ashes their county seasons now come to a halt, while others finish their IPL campaigns although one key figure will be hanging around
Abbott comes in the same bracket as Neser, although has yet to earn a Test debut. He, too, will be part of Australia’s preparation camp although not, as yet, part of the full squad. His returns with bat and ball for Surrey speak of a player who, more often than not, finds a way to contribute for whichever team he is part of. “His control of line and length, his pace, is just right for the amount of movement he can generate in the air,” Greg Shipperd, the incoming New South Wales coach, said earlier this month. “Through his T20 skill development he has learned to bowl a lot of cutters and is able to seam the ball in conditions. To right- or left-handers he presents a handful”
A lean tournament with the bat for Marsh – and 63 of his runs came in one innings – after he’d come into it on the crest of a wave after his outstanding ODI performances. Missed Capitals’ last couple of matches with what is understood to be a minor adductor strain. Had earned what was effectively the final spot in the Ashes squad as direct cover for Green.