Press conference due this afternoon (perth time i guess) with astle to announce a retirement. He has had a huge slump of form, really deserved to be dropped and i am sure if he did he would have wanted to get back into the team. But they didnt look like dropping him at all and now it looks like it has forced his retirement. and only 2 months out from the world cup. Who are we going to have to open since mccullum failed miserably. we have H marshall but i dont like him opening, but J Marshal got a 50 last time so he might be brought over to cover for him. either that you could put mccullum in opening if you have styris/oram and maybe hamish marshall down the order to cover for that. what are your thoughts? are you going to miss watching astle play? the only thing i am not going to miss is his stupid cut shots so close to him that he plays on or gets a nick or something. other than that i am going to miss him play test cricket.