West Australian Shaun Marsh adds more depth to Aussie squad
WEST Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has been added to the Australian squad for the first Test against India as the players face the difficult task of regrouping after the funeral of former teammate Phillip Hughes.
Most of the players flew to Adelaide yesterday to prepare for the rescheduled match - due to start on Tuesday - following an emotional day in Hughes' home town of Macksville in country New South Wales.
Marsh's addition to the squad, which now numbers 13, raises the prospect of he and younger brother Mitch becoming the first set of brothers to play Test cricket for Australia since Steve and Mark Waugh in October 2002.
Shaun's call-up is extra security for captain Michael Clarke, who has been recovering from a hamstring injury he sustained in the summer's first one-day international against South Africa last month.
Clarke has not had the chance to do as much physiotherapy as he would have liked in the past week following the Hughes tragedy, although the other squad members have said they would love to have their skipper on the field for the Adelaide Test.
Marsh was one of the players selectors were looking at in the last round of Shield games as a possible replacement for Clarke.
Those matches were abandoned after Hughes was felled by a bouncer against New South Wales at the SCG, but not before the West Aussie had scored an unbeaten 134 against Victoria at the MCG, an innings that included 12 boundaries and three sixes.
Apart from Clarke's fitness battle, the biggest question is which of the four fast bowlers will carry the drinks in Adelaide.
With Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle certain starters, it will come down to whether warhorse Ryan Harris feels he is fit enough after returning from knee surgery, or whether New South Welshman Josh Hazlewood gets to make his Test debut for his country.
Michael Clarke (c), Brad Haddin (v-c), Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Chris Rogers, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, David Warner, Shane Watson.