Australia has replaced their middle-order batsman Travis Head with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh in the 12-member squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test. The southpaw batsman Head had scored 191 runs in the eight innings of the series at an average of 27.29 with one fifty to his name. Meanwhile, Australian captain Tim Paine will confirm the playing at the time of the toss.
Mitchell Marsh provides an extra bowling option to the team and he can also get a place in the final XI for the last Test. In fact, it would be a toss between Mitchell Marsh and Peter Siddle. Australia has backed three fast bowlers and one spinner throughout the series and they might continue with the same combination.
Mitchell Marsh can be in the final XI.
Ergo, Mitchell Marsh has a good chance to be on the team’s sheet for the final game of the series. On the other hand, the visitors had clinched the fourth Test match 185 runs to retain the Ashes.
Australia has been a better side in the ongoing series as they have ticked the right boxes. Thus, the tourists’ will look to continue the impetus and also win the series.
Steven Smith has been the difference between the two sides and there is no doubt that England hasn’t yet cracked the code to get him out.
Furthermore, Australia’s bowling line-up is coming up with the collective effort. Hence, the visitors have the momentum and form on their side to bag the series.
The fifth and final Test match will take place from 12th September at Kennington Oval, London.
AUSTRALIA XII FOR FIFTH ASHES TEST: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood