Mitchell Marsh dropped for first Test

Marcus Newton
December 6, 2018

2018 will go down as one of the most hard years for the Australian test team but after tough tours to South Africa and the UAE against Pakistan where they lost both series, they return home now where they are notoriously strong to play India.

Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval, which starts on Thursday.

Australia were plunged in crisis after the ball-tampering scandal in March this year saw Cricket Australia handing out year-long bans on Steve Smith and David Warner.

"We know he is good enough to be a genuine allrounder at Test level, he probably just hasn't put it together consistently enough".

The new side has three Vics in the top six, with with Harris's opening partner Aaron Finch and Handscomb also from Victoria.

"We know the talent Mitch has, we know most likely at some stage in this series we'll need him".

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"We're taking the opportunity at the moment to send him back to play a Shield game, get some more cricket under his belt, knowing at some stage we're probably going to need him".

Reaching Adelaide Oval, he got his Whites for the Australia Test team and has began training with the side since then. Whoever wins the first Test will win the series 2-1.

Though selectors will be mindful of keeping Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins available all series, they believe their prized quicks can shoulder an extra workload while fresh.

"They got through the Ashes past year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs", captain Tim Paine said.

They have rested all their key bowlers like Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins with this series in mind and they will look to make good use of the favourable conditions in Adelaide which should favour the quick bowlers but offer some spin for Nathan Lyon as the match progresses. In an interview to the Australian news website, SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said the ticket sales for the first Test are not as high as in the previous years at the same venue, where day-night Tests have become a regular feature since 2015.

"We have options there but we'll be backing our bowlers", Paine said. In 44 Tests on Australian soil, they have only managed five wins thus far.

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