After his altercation with Joe
Root in a Birmingham
nightclub David Warner was suspended from the squad until the first Test. Until
then he was told to join the Australia
A team touring South
Africa, and did not regain his Test place
until the third Test.
The sacking of coach Mickey
Arthur swiftly followed Warner’s indiscipline, though it seems likely that
keeping four players out of the team in India for not completing an
assessment task was mainly responsible for a breakdown of trust between team
and coach, and the Warner affair was the last straw. Arthur was replaced by Darren
Lehmann (at the time the Queensland and Australia A
coach) who initially made a positive impression until he was charged with a
Level 1 offence for breaching the ICC's code of conduct. He was fined 20 per
cent of his match fee for making comments on radio about Stuart Broad not walking
when caught at slip in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
have won the first and fourth Tests, which were lost, and the third, which
was drawn, but for bad weather and poor play at critical moments. However, at
Lord’s the team performance was awful and ensured England would regain the Ashes
with a 3-0 series victory.
Clarke insisted there was a lot of
positives to come out of the tour, including improving their performance over
the last three Tests and winning the one-day series. Lehmann went further and
said the visitors were unlucky not to win, but in truth England were
well below par and, even after the change of coach, the Aussie batting was
woeful.Each Test was marked by a
flurry of Australian wickets falling as batsmen got themselves out to poor
concentraion and wanton shot selection.
John Inverarity (chairman), Rodney Marsh,Andy Bichel
Watson stood down as vice-captain on 19 April.Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting were injured.
Test Tour Party Announced24 April 2013.
Ryan Harris overcame his
achilles tendon and shoulder injuries to be fit enough for the tour.
Not selected:Ashton Agar and Steve Smith
were not included in the initial Ashes squad but Smith was later upgraded to
a place on tour and Agar was an ‘intern’ kept in the squad for experience.
A team to tour England,
and then South Africa,
was named simultaneously on 24 April.
AC Agar, J M Bird, A Doolan, B J Haddin (capt), R
JHarris, M Henriques, U T Khawaja, N M Lyon, N Maddinson, J LPattinson, C
Sayers, P M Siddle, J Silk, S D P Smith (vice-captain),
Haddin, Harris, Lyon, Khawaja,
Pattinson and Siddle would join the Test tour from the Australia A side after the
John Inverarity said further players may be added to the Test
squad from this side.
Champions Trophy squad announced :1 May 2013.
M J Clarke,G J Bailey, N M Coulter-Nile, X J Doherty,
J P Faulkner, P J Hughes,M G
Johnson,, C J McKay, M R Marsh, G J Maxwell, M A Starc, A C Voges, MS Wade,
DA Warner, SRWatson
T20/ODI squad announced : 15 August 2013.
18-man limited-overs squad contained just seven players who took part in the
Ashes. Fawad Ahmed’s Australian citizenship was
fast-tracked and made him eligible to play in this series.
On 1 September the NatWest squad was then trimmed to fifteen for
the ODI series when Smith and Starc went home injured and Warner was dropped.
Time between selection and
departure from Australia
(24 April -26 May)
Firstly, there was an official
team farewell, with the chief executive of Cricket Australia James Sutherland
present to wish them luck. It was held at the Qantas Sydney Jetbase on the
morning of 22 May. The touring squad was represented by captain Michael
Clarke and other players (Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Wade, Starc, Lyon,
Cummins, Khawaja, McKay, Hughes and Harris) but they were not flying out
until the weekend.
The Champions Trophy squad [ODI (C) above
] and Australia ‘A’ squad flew from Sydney Airport on Sunday night 26 May,
via Dubai, to assemble in London.
Faulkner, Johnson and Watson
came from India
where they were playing in the IPL (Indian Premier League), which did not
finish until 26 May. Coach Mickey
Arthur flew in from South
Then the Test side came
together: Cowan (Notts) and Rogers (Middlesex) were already in England,
playing county cricket. Agar, Harris, Haddin, Pattinson had arrived in the UK in May and played with the Australia A
squad.Some wives and partners
accompanied the team throughout the tour.
Other ‘Test players’ - Bird,
Lyon, Khawaja, Siddle -flew in after
the team’s early elimination from the Champions Trophy.
Time spent on tour in England
(28 May - 17 September)
Darren Lehmann(coach)andRodney Marsh (on-tour selector).
John Inverarity, the NSP Chairman, was in England but was not formally part
of the selection panel.
As part of a review of Australian cricket two years ago, the
coach and captain were granted selection powers but Michael Clarke decided
that judging his players in selection meetings clashed with his
S P D Smithadded
David Warner was suspended until the first Test after
punching Joe Root in a bar in Birmingham.
Because Michael Clarke was suffering from back problems at the same time,
another batsman, Steve Smith,
vice-captain of the Australia
A side, was added to the Ashes squad on 23 June.
Warner was sent to South Africa between 10 and 29 July to have
match practice with the Australia
A C Agaradded
Agar was kept with the squad at the end of the Australia A tour of England, which Inverarity
described as “an ideal development opportunity”. Fawad Alam joined the Australia A side and left for England on 8
June.Agar ended up being selected
ahead of Nathan Lyon for the first two Test matches.
A J Turner
Ashton Turner who was playing for Chichester
and for the Hampshire Academy in the 2013 season, played against Sussex.South
Australia batsman Travis Head was also standing by and was 12th man in that match.
On 22 July James Pattinsonwas ruled
out of the rest of the tour with stress fractures of the lower back.
Ashton Agar (viral illness) and Jackson Bird(back
strains) were both sent home before the final Test
Ryan Harris left the tour immediately after the fifth
Test with hamstring soreness from which he would take 6 to 8 weeks to recover.
Steve Smith (thigh injury)and Mitchell
Starc(stress fracture in his
lower back) had to leave the tour before they could participate in the
West Indies(warm-up 50 over match)
Won 4 w
India(warm-up 50 over match)
Lost 243 r
England(Champions Trophy ODI )
Lost 48 r
New Zealand(Champions Trophy ODI )
§ Kennington Oval
Sri Lanka(Champions Trophy ODI )
Lost 20 r
Won 6 w
LOST 14 r
LOST 347 r
CHESTER LE STREET
LOST 74 r
England Lions (2-day)
Won 39 r
Lost 27 r
Won 200 r
§ Old Trafford
Won 88 r
Lost 3 w
Won 49 r
† not first-class
⊕(T20)Twenty 20 international
international (ICC Champions Trophy and NatWest
Time spent in England before First Test: 43 days
May- 10 July)
appearances on tour
•Peter Siddle got off to a great start in the
first innings of the series by taking 5-50.
•Ashton Agar’s 98 at Trent Bridge
was the highest innings by a Test number 11 and it was on his debut
•Agar’s 163-run partnership with Philip
Hughes was the highest-ever for the tenth wicket in Tests.
•Michael Clarke scored 187 at Old Trafford,
his 24th Test century.
•Chris Rogers (35) became the second-oldest
Australian after Arthur Richardson in 1926 (aged nearly 38) to hit a maiden Test
•Ryan Harris was the most successful bowler
with 24 wickets in 4 Tests, including 7-117 at Durham.
•In the final Test Shane Watson at last
turned in a century (176), his first Test hundred since 2010.
•Steve Smith’s 138* at The Oval convinced most
doubters that he should become a Test regular
•Brad Haddin broke the world Test series
record by taking 29 dismissals behind the stumps.
Other first-class matches
Twenty 20 internationals
Sacked coach Mickey Arthur flew
home on his own from Heathrow
Airport on 25 June.
David Warner was sent to South
Africa on 10 July to get some match practice with Australia A. He rejoined
the squad in Manchester
on Monday 29 July.
James Pattinson’s tour ended
early because of stress fractures in his back.Cricket Australia
offered him a two-week holiday before returning but he chose to stay with the
team until the squad arrived in Manchester
for the third Test.
After being unwell with a virus
for a week, Ashton Agar left London
on Tuesday evening 21 August.
Jackson Bird flew home on 24
August with back strain.
Ryan Harris was cheered by a
representative schoolboy rugby team who happened to be in Brisbane Airport
when he flew in on Thursday morning 29 August.
Only seven members of the Test
side were retained for the limited-overs section of the tour.
The rest knew they were not
going to be in the ODI squad so Cowan, Haddin, Khawaja, Lyon, Rogers, Siddle ended
their tour after the Test series. Not all returned to Australia: Chris Rogers played
county cricket for Middlesex.
David Warner was dropped from
the one-day internationals, and Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith were injured,
so they flew back together.
The tour ended after the
one-day series. The plane with Michael Clarke and the rest of the team aboard
took off from Heathrow Airport on 17 September and arrived back in Sydney Airport on Wednesday evening 18
Time away from Australia
(26 May to 18 September)
of the tour
During the Ashes the decision review system (DRS)
had been in danger of losing credibility, as the off-field umpire failed to
remedy some umpiring mistakes and even overruled correct on-field decisions. The
I C C decided that the number of reviews would in future be restored to two
after 80 overs of an innings.
The two countries would be meeting again at Brisbane
only twelve weeks after the Oval Test for their first back-to-back series
since 1975 (the Ashes were not being contested in 1979-80 and the 1980