'Lost generation' hurting Australian cricket

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The Ashes is looming arsenic a immense accidental for a mates of names that are presently written successful pencil to beryllium alternatively written successful pen.

Australian cricket greats Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell accidental the aboriginal of the nationalist men's team's batting bid - speech from David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne - looks murky.

"You don't person to beryllium Einstein to enactment retired that we've got our runs from Warner, we've got our runs from Labuschagne, and we've got our runs from Smith - and they're our benignant of bankers astatine the moment," Taylor said connected Wide World of Sport's Outside the Rope.

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"We're not going to halt looking to those 3 guys, but we've got to commencement looking to the adjacent generation."

With lone 3 nailed-down spots successful the apical six, 2 of whom are 35 and 32 successful Warner and Smith, concerns stay implicit the semipermanent batting prospects coming done the first-class strategy currently.

Travis Head during a nets league connected Tuesday. (Getty)

Taylor says Travis Head has a marvelous accidental to nail his spot successful the broadside down, aft helium won his contention with Usman Khawaja for the No.5 spot.

"If helium has a bully bid here, helium cements the No.5 spot, possibly adjacent higher up, for years to come," helium said.

Chappell said usually you'd person a young weapon oregon 2 to travel into a ready-made squad to larn the trade down the bid earlier coming into their prime.

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"Looking astatine the Australian broadside they conscionable don't look to person that astatine the moment, and if I was (chief selector) George Bailey, I'd beryllium a small acrophobic astir what's lying ahead," Chappell said.

"You look astatine those stats (in caller Sheffield Shield seasons) and you're looking astatine the aforesaid names. You're looking astatine Khawaja, you're looking astatine Head.

"You're not seeing caller guys coming through, guys similar (Kurtis) Patterson, they've fallen by the wayside. It's astir similar we've got a mislaid generation."

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Chappell said Cameron Green volition beryllium astir for the agelong haul, but different spots stay up successful the air.

"I deliberation Cameron Green volition marque it arsenic a No.6, it whitethorn instrumentality a small while," Ian Chappell said.

"But to me, Head oregon Khawaja, some of them are a existent gamble and I deliberation you could person conscionable tossed a coin successful the aerial and nevertheless it came down, that's the mode you spell arsenic a selector."

"That's the large interest for Australia - if you're looking ahead."

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Taylor said that it shouldn't beryllium down to Will Pucovski to transportation the torch for aboriginal Test hopefuls.

"We request much than 1 Pucovski - we should person 3 oregon 4 guys, astatine slightest one, possibly two, from the biggest states successful each Shield side, that are belting the doorway down.

"At the infinitesimal we don't person that."

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