Mitchell Marsh Dropped In New Look Aussie Test Team
Mitchell Marsh goes, Peter Handscomb returns, Marcus Harris debuts.
Australian cricket selectors have finally acknowledged what the rest of the country has been saying for a long time: Mitchell Marsh is too consistent.
The younger Marsh brother has been dropped for the first Test against India in Adelaide, his place in the middle order taken by Peter Handscomb, who will add to his tally of 13 Tests, in which he notched two centuries with a respectable average of 43.
"We know he's good enough to be an all-rounder at Test level, but he just hasn't put it together consistently enough," Australian captain Tim Paine said.
But the skipper didn't entirely write off the chances of Marsh, 27, making a return in the baggy green this summer.
"As this series wears on and bowlers get a bit tired... that all-rounder position becomes really important," he said.
The full Australian team to take on India is:
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
Meanwhile, 39 degrees is forecast for day one in Adelaide tomorrow, and Paine, unsurprisingly, is keen to bat first given the chance.
"You always want to bat on days when it's 40-odd degrees," he said.
Australia has never lost a series to India on home soil, and while Paine acknowledged that winning is important, he also -- in these troubled times -- has a broader agenda in the back of his mind.
We play Test cricket to win... but gaining the respect of our fans is as high priority as is winning," he said.
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