Australian squad for the third Ashes test which starts on 14 December has been announced. Mitchell Marsh, the 26-year-old all-rounder, is included to the Australia’s 13-man squad for the Perth test. Marsh has been playing really well in the Sheffield Shield competition, making 402 runs in total.
The Western Australia player replaces Chadd Sayers, the South Australian seamer. This is the only change to the Australian team that today took the impressive 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series after defeating the England by 120 runs in the second Test in Adelaide.
Marsh will fill the all-rounder void.
The former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie has praised the addition of the all-rounder. According to him, it will lessen the burden on Australia’s three fast bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
“I said after the first two Test matches the Australians need to add someone to their squad, possibly an allrounder because they’ll feel the surfaces in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney are three very good batting surfaces. Our three fast bowlers are going to need a little bit of support and Marsh is the right candidate,” Gillespie told Optus Sport’s Stump’s program.Mitchell Marsh played his last test for Australia in the Bengaluru against India this year but was out of action all due to a shoulder injury during the Australia’s tour of India. Still, he managed to return earlier than expected and has shown good form in the recent Sheffield Shield game against Queensland at the WACA Ground this November, scoring 402 runs and picking up two wickets.In his 21 Tests he has played, Marsh has claimed 29 wickets at an average of 37.48. He has also scored 674 runs with the average of 21.74. It would be interesting to note whether the Australian team will change the winning combination.