Published: 6th December, 2017
Surrey all-rounder Mitch Marsh has been called into the Australia squad for third Ashes Test in Perth.
Marsh, who will join his elder brother Shaun in the Test squad, last played a Test on Australia’s tour of India, out of the Test frame, he was named the captain of Western Australia for this summer, and has already hit a century in the JLT One-Day Cup and and an unbeaten 80 in the final against South Australia to help steer his side to the title.
After recovering from a shoulder injury incurred on Australia’s most recent tour of India, he returned to bowling earlier than expected in the Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield game against Queensland at the WACA Ground late last month, which is also the venue for the third Test starting December 14, and took 2-49.
Marsh also scored a century in that match, with 141 in the first innings, following 95 against South Australia at the WACA in the previous round. He scored 43 and 38 not out in WA’s drawn match with Victoria at the MCG this week.
He becomes the fourth current Surrey player to be involved in the series, with Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes and Tom Curran all in the England squad that will be looking to bounce back from their current 2-0 deficit.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, former Australia seamer – and recently appointed Sussex CCC coach – Jason Gillespie had tipped Marsh’s recall on the basis that a fourth bowler who could support the front-line quicks was vital.
“I said after the first two Test matches the Australians will maybe 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,” Gillespie told Optus Sport’s Stumps program before the squad was confirmed.
“And the three big hairy quicks are going to need a little bit of support. So don’t be surprised if a Mitchell Marsh or that type player comes into the equation.”
Australia squad for third Test: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird