Mitchell Marsh, Who Drives Aussie Fans Mad, Will Likely Play Next Ashes Test
He's baaaa-aaaack. Not officially yet, but all signs point to a recall of Australia's most frustrating all-rounder.
Yes, Mitchell Marsh could add to his collection of 31 Test caps in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, mostly due to problems in Australia's batting order.
And the West Australian may not be the only Mitchell to earn a call-up to the Test team, with NSW pace ace Mitchell Starc firmly in the selection mix as well.
Both players excelled in recent tour match against English county Derbyshire -- and what are such matches for if not to enable players to present a case for Test selection?
Starc put forward an almost irresistible case for a recall with seven wickets in that match, which Australia won by an innings and 54 runs.
And Marsh? The all-rounder Marsh top-scored for Australia with 74, and also chipped in with the ball to register match figures of 3/38 from 17 overs. So he's clearly in form.
Marsh, of course, has done this before. So often he has looked the part in the lead-up, then flopped while wearing a baggy green.
His Test record reflects that. Despite making two centuries against England in the Ashes in Australia 20 months ago, Marsh's overall Test record to date is meagre -- a bowling average of 43 and a batting average of just 25.
Just five times in 53 Test innings has Marsh reached 50 or beyond. This is not, repeat NOT, the sort of record that inspires confidence.
But left-hander Matthew Wade has done very little at number six in the batting order since his century in the first Test at Edgbaston, and chief selector Trevor Hohns gave a hint this week that he might just be looking for a right-hander like Marsh in that spot.
"We are mindful that the England bowlers have bowled very well to our guys, particularly our left-handers," he said this week, before heaping praise upon Marsh's bowling.
Fans, it's safe to say, do not share Hohns' confidence.
Strap yourself in. The next round of Mitchell Marsh angst -- which is almost a sport in its own right -- is almost upon us.