Mitchell Marsh, the allrounder, was added to Australia’s 13-man squad on Wednesday (December 6) for next week’s third Test in Perth as the home side bid to clinch the Ashes.
Marsh comes into the squad in place of Chadd Sayers, the paceman who did not feature in Australia’s two opening Test wins over England.
Steven Smith’s Australians wrapped up a 120-run victory in the second Test, leaving them just one win away from retrieving the urn off England.
Selectors brought in Marsh, younger brother of Adelaide Test centurion Shaun, to offer pace back-up to the front-line fast-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
Mitchell Marsh last played a Test on Australia’s tour of India in March and required a full shoulder reconstruction after an injury in the Bangalore Test.
The return of Marsh to the Australian set-up may spell trouble for Peter Handscomb, the struggling batsman.
Handscomb has scores of 14, 36 and 12 in the Ashes series so far, and in his past 10 first-class matches has 498 runs at 27.67.
Jackson Bird, the paceman, has been retained in the Test squad as the first reserve fast bowler.
The third Test gets underway at Perth’s WACA Ground on December 14.
Squad: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.