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Australia recalls Mitchell Marsh for third Test

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All-rounder comes in for paceman Sayers, might replace Handscomb in playing XI.

Mitchell Marsh, the Western Australian all-rounder, has been added to Australia's squad for next week's third Test in Perth as the home side bids to regain the Ashes.

Marsh replaces Chadd Sayers, the paceman who did not play in the first two Tests, in the only change to the 13-man squad made by the Australian selectors on Wednesday (December 6).

The selection came hours after Australia took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series following its 120-run win in the inaugural Ashes day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Mitchell Marsh, the younger brother of Shaun who was named the Player of the Match in Adelaide for his first-innings hundred, last played a Test in Bangalore in March, and underwent a full shoulder reconstruction after injuring himself during Australa’s defeat in that game.

He is expected to provide pace support and relief to frontline quicks Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, each of whom played a key role in the Adelaide victory. Marsh could come into the fray at the expense of Peter Handscomb, the middle-order batsman who has only managed 62 runs in the series so far.

Australia can wrest the Ashes away from England with victory in the third Test, starting at the WACA ground on December 14. England hasn’t won a Test in Perth since 1978.

Squad: Steve 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.

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