The people’s choice to bat at six

It’s the most contentious position in ‘s Test team. Who should bat at No.6?
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The national selectors will make their call this week, but first we asked you to cast your vote.

You had the option of choosing an all-rounder in the pivotal No.6 spot, to take the pressure off the frontline bowlers, or a pure batsman in an effort to pound the England attack into submission. You could go with a veteran or a debutant, follow state loyalties or statistics.

The data from our ‘pick your own team’ interactive reveals a clear people’s favourite, but one who is far from assured of a berth in the actual XI for the ‘Gabba.

He made twin half-centuries in the second round of Sheffield Shield matches and has gone a long way towards shedding his reputation for playing outrageous shots at poor times. The most popular selection at No.6 is Victorian batsman (and part-time spinner) Glenn Maxwell, with 2774 votes.

Then there is daylight, followed by Western n batting allrounder Hilton Cartwright (610 votes) and his Warriors teammate Shaun Marsh (451).

The wicketkeeper’s spot is also hotly contested.

The people’s choice as gloveman and No.7 batsman is not the incumbent, Matthew Wade, but the man he unseated last summer, NSW ‘keeper Peter Nevill.

Nevill has attracted 3358 votes to Wade’s 1376. Interestingly, the next most popular choice isn’t even ‘keeping for his state right now, with Tasmanian Tim Paine (837) eclipsing former footballer and South n gloveman Alex Carey (471). And 335 people wanted to hand the gloves to Peter Handscomb, despite the batsman saying he doesn’t like the idea of ‘keeping in Tests.

There’s still time to pick your team. Check out the interactive, take a look at the teams our experts have picked and see how they stack up with the people’s choice team – made up of the most commonly-selected player in each position, according to your votes. iFrameResize({checkOrigin:false},’#ashes-squad-selector-2017′);var frame = document.getElementById(“ashes-squad-selector-2017”);

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