Middle order is the issue for Aussies

IN CONTENTION: Joe Burns is a chance for a spot in the Ashes team.
IN CONTENTION: Joe Burns is a chance for a spot in the Ashes team. Warren Lynam

HOWZAT with Michael Bourke

THE number six batting position and wicketkeeper appear to be the two positions under the most scrutiny with just under two months until the Ashes between Australia and England.

With the number six position, the Aussie selectors could choose a batsman in Joe Burns or Shaun Marsh.

The other option is to choose an all-rounder from Moises Henriques, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright or Glen Maxwell.

In the wicketkeeping race, the front runners appear to be Matthew Wade, Peter Nevill or Alex Carey. Wade just needs to score some quality runs in the lead-up Sheffield Shield games to guarantee his position.

Cricket joke

WHAT did an Australian slow bowler say to his sports car?

The answer is: Do you want to go for a spin?

Cricket commences

WARWICK junior and senior cricket commences this Saturday.

In juniors, the competitions change to under-11, U13 and U16 for the first time.

In seniors, the two A-grade finalists from last season, Warwick Hotel Colts and Maryvale-Condamine meet in the traditional first round clash at Slade Park.

There are four games, more players welcome.

Horse tip

HORSE tip is for the unthinkable to happen and Humidor to defeat Winx after 20 straight wins.