‘I would imagine the majority of the players have picked themselves’, says Michael Clarke

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“I believe if they are going to pick 12 players, I think 11 of them are no brainers”

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he believes there will be no surprises when the Ashes squad for the first Test in Brisbane is announced tomorrow since a “majority of the players have picked themselves”.

Clarke also noted that “there is more stability” amongst the players and national team, especially after their limited overs tour of India.

“I think there is no doubt there is more stability in our teams,” Clarke told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “I would imagine the majority of the players have picked themselves.

“The exciting thing about where we are at right now is that, whether it be batters or bowlers, individual players have stepped up and performed. We are in a good place.

“I believe if they are going to pick 12 players, I think 11 of them are no brainers. We are looking at probably one selection, one spot to work out what our first 11, first 12 is going to be for test number one at the Gabba.”

Clarke also revealed that he has not been watching England’s warm-up matches since he has been “focused on performing and talking to all my team-mates”.

“I’m really excited about where we sit as a team,” he added. “I haven’t looked at England at all. I haven’t watched a ball they have bowled on this tour so far.

“I’ve been focused on performing and talking to all my team mates, making sure they are all fully fit and feeling good about the summer. Now we will start to make sure our minds are ready for the first Test.”

The 32-year-old added that he has been impressed with opening batsman David Warner’s performances over the past month.

“Davey is going great, he’s as fit and as strong as I’ve seen him,” Clarke said. “He’s in a great spot on and off the field, what more can he do?

“He’s scored four hundreds in a month, you can’t push any harder for selection as a batsman.”

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