Australia won the second Test match by 120 runs in Adelaide and has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series. They now have also announced their squad for the next Test match in Perth and have roped in Mitchell Marsh in place of Chad Sayers into the squad.
With four frontline bowlers performing the bowling duties, Marsh has been added to the set-up in order to reduce the workload on the main bowlers. Jason Gillespie, the former Australian quick, had also backed the inclusion of an all-rounder to share the burden of Australia's three premier fast bowlers - Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
"I said after the first two Test matches the Australians will maybe add someone to their squad, possibly an allrounder because they'll feel the surfaces in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney are three very good batting surfaces. And the three big hairy quicks are going to need a little bit of support," he said.
Marsh, who last played for Australia in the Bengaluru Test against India this year, has been in fine form in the ongoing Sheffield Shield first-class competition for Western Australia, compiling 402 runs and picking up two scalps.
Marsh has bagged 29 scalps in 21 Tests at an average of 37.48. He has also aggregated 674 runs at an average of 21.74. The third Test match starts from December 14 in Perth.