Baggy Greens recall Marsh

06 December 2017 23:15:17 GMTPlus11

Australia have added all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to their squad for the third Ashes Test in Perth later this month.

Selectors have brought Marsh in with an eye to him offering pace back-up to front-line quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

The surface in Perth is increasingly batting-friendly and the hosts are looking for an extra edge to net them a third straight win and clinch the series.

Marsh comes into the squad in place of South Australian seam bowler Chadd Sayers, who had been included in an initial two-Test squad with a specific view to the Adelaide match.

In the end, Sayers was not required for the day-night game that Australia won on the fifth afternoon by 120 runs with an unchanged side from that which had secured an opening ten-wicket victory in Brisbane.

It's Marsh's pace that gives him the edge over Glenn Maxwell, who has been overlooked again despite posting a career-best 278 against NSW. He followed that up with 96 against Marsh's Western Australia at the MCG this week.

Marsh, who will join his elder brother Shaun in the squad, last played a Test on Australia's tour of India. He injured his shoulder in the Bengaluru Test and required a full shoulder reconstruction.

Former Australia opener Chris Rogers feels the change could mean an exit from the side for Peter Handscomb.

Speaking of Handscomb, who has scored 14, 36 and 12 in the Ashes series so far, Rogers said: "At the start of the season he was pretty secure with his spot, but he just looks a little bit off colour at the moment. He doesn't look as though the game's as simple as it should be for him.

"It sounds like the most simple thing in batting, but you go forward to full balls and back to short balls, but that's not what Pete is doing at the moment unfortunately."

Tasmania's Jackson Bird has been retained in the Test squad as the first reserve fast bowler.

Australia are 1.50 to win the third Test, with England 4.75 and the draw 5.50. Australia are 1.50 to have a first innings lead in Perth.

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