Western Australia’s Left Hander Shaun Marsh has been added to Australia’s 13 member squad for the first Test, which will be played at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from Tuesday (9 December 2014).
Marsh’s inclusion comes as uncertainty surrounds the fitness of captain Michael Clarke, whose hamstring injury had been likely to rule him out of the first Test when it was due to be played at the Gabba. The revised fixture means the season now starts five days later, but naturally Clarke has been unable to complete his recovery programme over the past week.
On Friday, the Australians will train as a group for the first time since the death of Hughes, who was struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG last Tuesday. Hughes was on 63 not out at the time and would have been a strong contender to be called in as cover for Clarke for the Gabba Test.
The inclusion of Marsh brings Australia’s Test squad to 13 members for the Adelaide match. It remains to be seen whether all of the players will feel ready for five days of Test cricket by next Tuesday, so soon after farewelling Hughes, and the coach Darren Lehmann said he would understand if any player chose to withdraw from the Test against India.
Australia’s cricketers were due to assemble in Adelaide on Thursday afternoon, after Wednesday’s emotional farewell for their team-mate Phillip Hughes at a funeral in Macksville.
Australia squad: Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.