Former test cricketer Merv Hughes doesn’t think Mitchell Marsh will make the final eleven, for next week’s third Ashes test in Perth.
Selectors have re-called the West Australian all-rounder in the extended squad, eight months after shoulder surgery.
But Hughes believes Marsh’s selection is a ploy to place some players – such as Kawaja and Handscomb – on notice.
But he says he does not believe the eleven will change.
Australia will assess the pitch in Perth before making a call on whether or not to play Mitchell Marsh.
Coach Darren Lehmann says an extra bowling option might be required.
He hopes it wil have some pace and bounce – and if it is a good wicket, he expects they will need some extra bowling.
Meanwhile Mitchell Starc has rubbished England’s claims that Australia is carrying some battle scars heading into the third Ashes test in Perth.
The tourists are hopeful their late fightback in the second encounter in Adelaide is enough to unsettle the home side, who hold a 2-nil lead in the series.