Sport Handscomb a very good player: Mitch Marsh

22:05  07 december  2017
22:05  07 december  2017 Source:

Mitch Marsh in the mix for Test recall

  Mitch Marsh in the mix for Test recall Australia could add an allrounder to their XI as early as the third Test and don't be surprised if it's Mitch Marsh who is given the call-up. Australia's great allrounder debate is set to be reignited next week, with Mitch Marsh having resumed bowling after his shoulder reconstruction.National selectors named a 13-man squad for the first and second Ashes Tests and will be reluctant to change a winning side should Australia grab a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.But they will also be keen to give frontline pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins some form of respite during the remaining Tests.

Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb , Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain.

Veteran batsman expects allrounder Mitch Marsh to remain in the Test XI for the final two Ashes Tests after replacing Pete Handscomb at the WACA. As it turned out, Marsh was recalled after spending nine months on the sidelines with Handscomb the "unlucky" player to miss out.

Handscomb a very good player: Mitch Marsh© Will Russell/Getty Images Handscomb a very good player: Mitch Marsh Mitch Marsh and Peter Handscomb are locked in a selection showdown, with the allrounder knowing all too well the scrutiny faced by Australia's incumbent No.5 batsman.

Marsh, who recently resumed bowling and earlier this season impressed selectors with his domestic form as a batsman, was rushed into Australia's 13-man squad for the third Test that starts on Thursday.

If the WACA pitch is flat and/or selectors are convinced that Handscomb is unable to fight his way out of a recent funk then Marsh will play alongside his brother next week.

Mitch Marsh added to the Aussie Ashes squad

  Mitch Marsh added to the Aussie Ashes squad <p>At the start of the Ashes series, Shaun Marsh's selection sent ex-players and fans alike into a meltdown.</p>Mitch Marsh has fought his way back into the Aussie set-up as selectors consider playing an all-rounder to provide a back-up for their big three: Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins.

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Marsh and Handscomb find themselves vying for the final berth in Australia's team, the former after spending six months remodelling "We're obviously confident going into this week but having said that England are a very good side and there's no doubt they're going to come back really hard this week.

Some pundits feel it is unfair for Handscomb to be under the pump after only two Tests.

Marsh, who attracted plenty of criticism for failing to convert potential into performances while averaging 21.74 with the bat in 21 Tests, knows the score.

"I certainly have been there," Marsh told reporters.

"We've got a great relationship. Petey's a great bloke, still averaging (almost) 50 in Test match cricket.

WACA deck to determine Mitch Marsh's fate

  WACA deck to determine Mitch Marsh's fate Australian allrounder Mitch Marsh is set to earn a recall for the third Ashes Test against England if the WACA deck looks to be a batsman-friendly pitch.Marsh's selection hopes for the third Ashes Test against England in Perth could rest on the state of the WACA Ground pitch.

"In these situations you're always going to come under scrutiny if you don't get runs, but he's a very good player.

"I'm sure if he gets another opportunity in the next Test match he'll make runs."

Selectors rate Marsh's medium pace highly and are well aware of the risk of overcooking frontline quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

The selection debate is likely to swirl until Steve Smith reveals his cards - either at the toss or Wednesday's pre-match press conference.

"I wouldn't be changing anything at the moment," former captain Allan Border told Fox Sports.

"He (Handscomb) is a quality kid from what I understand and he seems like he's pretty level-headed and has a bit of 'get up and go' about him."

Michael Clarke, who led an unchanged side throughout a 5-0 thumping of England in 2013-14, also backed Handscomb.

"If I was in Steve Smith's position I'd be fighting to keep the same XI," Clarke told the Nine Network.

Shaun's return surpassed mine: Mitch Marsh .
Mitch Marsh, thrilled with his maiden Test ton, is just as happy for brother Shaun, who had feared the end of his Test career but has bounced back in a big way.The younger Marsh will resume on 181 when play starts at the WACA on day four of the third Ashes Test, having demoralised England in an unbeaten 301-run stand with skipper Steve Smith.

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