The Ashes is a famous international cricket series played between England and Australia. It is one of the oldest and most celebrated rivalries in the sport of cricket. The series takes place approximately every two years, with the location alternating between England and Australia. The Ashes series originated in 1882 when Australia defeated England on English soil for the first time.
This year as well, Australia will be travelling to England for the Ashes in June. Australia will be playing WTC Final against team India starting 7th June and post that, the Aussies are scheduled to play the Ashes against England. During the 2021-22 Ashes, England witnessed a complete demolition of the team in front of the Aussies. Since then, England has witnessed some major changes in the team with Ben Stokes leading the squad and Brendon McCullum becoming the head coach of the team.
Australia will be under the leadership of Pat Cummins and he will be leading the Aussie squad for the second time. However, three Australian players are expected to play their last Ashes series. Here is a list of three Australian cricketers who might leave Test cricket post the Ashes 2023.
1) David Warner
David Warner is one of the most celebrated Australian cricketers who has a separate fan base in every country. In Test cricket, Warner has been a key member of the Australian team. He is an opening batsman known for his aggressive approach and has scored several centuries and big scores in Test matches. Warner formed a formidable opening partnership with fellow Australian cricketer, Chris Rogers, during his early Test career. Later on, he formed another successful partnership with Joe Burns and then with Cameron Bancroft. At the age of 36, Warner is in his best form but Australian cricket is already looking for his replacement. We might not see the Mighty Warner in the next Ashes as he might announce his retirement post the Ashes 2022.
2) Nathan Lyon
Lyon made his Test debut for Australia in August 2011 against Sri Lanka. Since then, he has become a key member of the Australian Test team and has achieved remarkable success as an off-spinner. Lyon is known for his accuracy, consistency, and ability to extract turn and bounce from the pitch. With the rise of Tom Murphy in the team, Lyon might opt for retirement as he has already reached the age of 35. He has picked up 482 wickets in 119 Tests which includes 19 four-wicket hauls and 23 five-wicket-haul. Lyon’s performances have earned him respect and recognition as one of the premier spin bowlers in the world. He has been praised for his tactical acumen, control over line and length, and his ability to outfox batsmen with his variations and flight.
3) Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is one of the most ferocious bowlers Australian cricket has ever produced. His absence from T20 cricket leagues to focus more on international cricket is proof that he is disciplined and wants to perform at his best. Known for his left-arm angle, pace, and ability to move the ball, Starc is highly regarded for his aggressive and attacking approach. His ability to deliver match-winning performances in crucial situations has made him one of the premier fast bowlers in the world. However, Starc has also been injured with injuries in the past few years. He might decide to say goodbye to international cricket after playing in the Ashes 2022. At the age of 33, Starc would like to take a step back and focus only on the short format of cricket for Australia. So let’ see whether he calls it a day or not.