Ashes: All-rounder Mitchell Marsh back in Australian squad for third Test

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

Australia have recalled Perth native Mitchell Marsh for the third Ashes Test at the WACA. As if to squash any chances that England may have, Australia has chose to enforce their batting as well as bowling by including Mitchell Marsh. "When you play for Australia there are a lot of distractions outside the inner sanctum but he's just really concentrating hard now and it's great to see".

Shaun Marsh celebrates after scoring a century in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. I've come to realise that the game of cricket is just a game.

With Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins leading the line, Sayers was deemed surplus to requirements as Marsh could very well play the role of the fourth pacer if needed and could be handy with the bat as well.

"It's always special playing for Australia with Shaun", Mitchell Marsh said.

He admitted his self-belief took a battering.

"He hasn't knocked and said "I wasn't good enough for those 21 Test matches, I've gone away and improved". You go through troughs.

"I'm feeling really confident in my game at the moment so it's a great feeling", Marsh told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

Marsh has impressed selectors with his recent form in the Sheffield Shield for West Australia - 402 runs at 44, including an innings of 141.

South Australia seamer Sayers was added with an eye on using him at Adelaide, where he has developed a fine swinging action, but Smith opted not to make a change and the Australia attack was given sufficient rest as the skipper controversially opted not to enforce the follow-on. But I've worked hard over the last eight months to get my body into a position where I'm now playing again as an all-rounder so that's really exciting. "As long as I prepare well and do everything I can I know now that I'll be able to do a job for Australia", he said.

Glenn Maxwell will consider himself unlucky, having scored 278 and 96 in successive Shield games for Victoria, but selectors clearly fancy Marsh's pace over Maxwell's spin.

"It's a kick in the butt for Maxwell", Hogg said on SEN radio.

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