I fear we will be quite happy if it is only spanked. Accept that this is probably the best squad, more or less, that we have available, and that Stone, Archer and Stokes are massive losses, so this is not something that would likely make a significant difference. But...Parkinson and Mahmood would be positive selections, where Bess and the make up of the seam attack are essentially negative ones (and it pains me as a Yorkshireman to say that)
Not sure what people were expecting, the "exciting" players are either injured or T20 players in the main, not sure theres anyone who can claim to be hard done by not to be picked based on their performances, also not convinced this Aussie side is anything special either. They have 2 or 3 stars and the rest are pretty ordinary (sounds familiar lol)
Whilst accepting Chris Silverwood is obliged to provide public support for his players, I do think he should perhaps have chosen his words a little more carefully.
By describing them as ‘battle hardened’, when virtually every follower of the game can see that the batters, at least, are woefully fragile, merely serves to support the suggestion he does not have the first clue what he is doing.
A less battle hardened group of players have I ever seen.