Oz ditch vice-cap­tain Marsh against In­dia

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA sprang a sur­prise by ax­ing vice-cap­tain Mitch Marsh on Wed­nes­day for the first Test against In­dia, as Us­man Khawaja’s re­turn was con­firmed de­spite the shock of his brother’s ar­rest. Bats­men Travis Head and Peter Hand­scomb were pre­ferred to the all-rounder, pil­ing more pres­sure on the bowlers in what are fore­cast to be scorch­ing con­di­tions, while Mar­cus Har­ris will make his de­but as opener. Cap­tain Tim Paine said the omis­sion of Marsh, one of Aus­tralia’s two vice-skip­pers along with Josh Ha­zle­wood, was due to a lack of con­sis­tency and he would ben­e­fit from re­turn­ing to Sh­effield Shield cricket to find form again.

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