The Aussie squad for the 2006/7 Ashes series was a fun line-up. Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist were the captain and vice-captain respectively, Matt Hayden and Justin Langer had their love-in opening partnership, while Damien Martyn and Michaels Hussey and Clarke were the class of the middle order. All-round talents of Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson were backing up those batsman and the bowlers, consisting of the incredible fire power of Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait, and the reliability of Glenn McGrath and Stuart Clark. Shane Warne was doing his thing too, of course.
When you look at such a line-up, you wonder how it could not get the 5-0 result that it achieved, but it had come off a loss with a similarly strong squad in England a year and a half earlier. Regardless, it’s not the strength of the team that I’m focussing on here, but the capacity for the players to provide something for the fan to look forward to. Whether you like the personalities of the players or the skillsets they brought, there was enough going on in that squad to provide something for everyone.