Marsh to get another crack at Test career
Australia's selectors have shown faith in Shaun Marsh and given him one more chance to resurrect his international career for the third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
The 32-year-old was recalled for the final Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy, the first day-night five-day game in history, starting next Friday, in a 13-man squad.
The other inclusions were pacemen James Pattinson and Peter Siddle, and left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.
Those reinforcements have come in for the injured Usman Khawaja and the now-retired Mitchell Johnson.
Marsh's 15-Test career, spanning more than four years, has featured some massive highs and lows.
The most recent disappointment came earlier this year when he was brought into the Australian team for the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
But he managed scores of zero and two as his team was bowled out for just 60 in its first innings, humiliated by England's bowlers.
There's no denying his talent, though, and a hundred on his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2011 proved how good he can be.
One weakness of Marsh's game is his supposed appetite for wafting at balls outside off stump and regularly bringing the slips cordon into play.
The New Zealand quicks, led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult, will be aiming to exploit that.
With the Adelaide Test to be played in the afternoon and evening using a pink ball, O'Keefe's inclusion indicated the selectors were unsure the Adelaide pitch would be hard and dry, given the heatwave conditions expected.
It could also favour the seamers with players still unsure what the pink ball could do under lights.
If it favours the seamers, Pattinson would likely spearhead a revamped attack alongside Mitchell Starc, now that Johnson has called time on his international career.
Paceman Josh Hazlewood, who bowled 38 overs in the drawn Perth Test, might be given a rest for the in-form Siddle to come in.
Pattinson made his Test debut against New Zealand four years ago, but has played just 13 Tests since due to a series of long-term injuries.
The 25-year-old's domestic form so far this summer has been impressive.
He took 14 wickets in the Matador Cup, and has taken eight scalps so far in the Sheffield Shield from two games. "James has made a good return to Shield cricket following his injury and has earned this recall," national selection chair Rod Marsh said.
"He has worked incredibly hard and we are confident that he is ready to perform at Test level if selected."
Australian Test squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Joe Burns, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O'Keefe, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Adam Voges.