Turner added to one-day squad

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Dumped from the Test squad and hos­pi­talised with gas­tro, it hasn’t been the best week for Mitch Marsh.

Marsh had hoped to use the ODI se­ries against In­dia, which starts on Saturday in Syd­ney, to shore up his place in Aus­tralia’s World Cup plans and take the first step to­wards an Ashes re­call.

In­stead, the all-rounder was re­stricted to walk­ing laps to­day at the SCG, as na­tional se­lec­tors added his State team­mate and po­ten­tial ODI debu­tant Ash­ton Turner to the squad. Coach Justin Langer re­vealed Marsh spent two days in hos­pi­tal, also de­tail­ing how hard it was to axe both Marsh broth­ers from the Test squad for a twom­atch se­ries against Sri Lanka.

“That’s what lead­er­ship is about. You’ve got to make tough calls,” Langer said.

“I’ve known them since they were kids; (their fa­ther) Ge­off Marsh is one of my best friends.

“We all know, the boys know and Swampy (Ge­off) knows that this a tough busi­ness. If you aren’t per­form­ing, you don’t get se­lected.”

Langer and fel­low se­lec­tors will un­leash a new-look top six against Sri Lanka, hav­ing dropped Mitch and Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch and Peter Hand­scomb af­ter Aus­tralia’s his­tor­i­cally bad se­ries with the bat against In­dia.

In their place, would-be debu­tant Will Pu­cov­ski and for­mer Test open­ers Joe Burns and Matthew Ren­shaw were in­cluded in a 13man squad.

Pu­cov­ski, Burns, Ren­shaw and Mar­nus Labuschagne will play to­gether dur­ing next week’s tour game against Sri Lanka in Ho­bart be­fore one of the four bats­men is left out of the Test XI.

“It’s against Sri Lanka and un­der lights, you could say it’s a bat-off and that’s great,” Langer said of the tour game.

“If peo­ple think there’s pres­sure in that, that’s great.

“Be­cause when you get to Test cricket, there’s a lot more pres­sure than bat­ting for a spot in the team.

“Men­tal tough­ness, that’s the sort of thing we like to see.”

Langer sug­gested Pu­cov­ski, the 20-year-old bolter called up af­ter just eight first-class games, wasn’t picked purely on po­ten­tial.

“He’s got some abil­ity and per­for­mances on the board,” he said.

Aus­tralia are reel­ing from a morale-sap­ping se­ries loss to In­dia, which rep­re­sented the first time no Aus­tralian had scored a cen­tury in a home four-Test se­ries.

“Con­fi­dence is a great thing — like re­spect, you have to earn it,” Langer said.

“The first in­nings of Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, hon­estly al­most sucked the life out of us.

“We’re crys­tal clear on the di­rec­tion we’re tak­ing. I’ve had it my whole life in Aus­tralian cricket; we get up and keep get­ting bet­ter; keep rolling our sleeves up.”

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