Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Harris, Josh Inglis named in WTC final, Ashes squad

back icon
19 Apr 2023 | 03:21 AM staff

Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Harris, Josh Inglis named in WTC final, Ashes squad

Sheffield Shield's leading run-getter Cameron Bancroft and second-highest wicket-taker Michael Neser do not find a place in the 17-man squad

Cricket Australia (CA) have announced squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India and the Ashes which sees the return of Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Harris and a call-up for Josh Inglis. Marsh, who last played a Test in 2019, earns a call-up after a string of impressive performances in white-ball cricket. He played his first first-class game since 2021 in the Shield earlier this year- against Tasmania - scoring an unbeaten 108 to help Western Australia to a victory.

However, there was no place for Cameron Bancroft, who finished as the leading run-getter in the Sheffield Shield with 945 runs at 59.06. For that matter, fast bowler Michael Neser too misses out despite finishing the season with 40 wickets at 16.67. 

Harris, on the other hand, managed 601 runs at 37.56, that included two centuries and three fifties that was deemed good enough to be a back-up opener, along with Matt Renshaw, who recently scored a couple of tons against New Zealand A to get back into contention after a disappointing India tour. Inglis will be Alex Carey's back-up behind the wickets. He finished with 22 dismissals in the Shield and scored 199 runs at 33.16. 

Neser will however be in England as he is due to turn up for Glamorgan in the County Championship. Fast bowler Lance Morris, who was part of the squad that toured India for the Test series recently does not get a look in due to a back injury and as a result, he requires a six-week rest. He was due to have a short spell at Northamptonshire next month.

That would mean Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Scott Boland, will be Australia's front-line pace option for the tour with Cameron Green providing a supporting role with Marsh being his back-up.

After a successful tour of India, off-spinner Todd Murphy retains his place in the squad and will be second in line after Nathan Lyon. Among the other players who toured India Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Swepson and Matt Kuhnemann too do not make the cut.

"The World Test Championship is the culmination of more than two years of consistent performance at Test level by the team and the individuals involved, leading into an Ashes series which is always highly anticipated," Australia selector George Bailey said. 

"The UK is a very different assignment from our most recent tour of India and some of the changes are based upon the conditions we are anticipating.

"Marcus, Josh and Mitch return to the squad and will provide valuable depth and flexibility within their respective skillsets. We see value in revisiting the squad following the second Ashes Test given the short turnaround between the WTC Final and the first Ashes Test, along with the length of the tour."

The 17-member squad will have to be trimmed to 15 for the WTC final before May 28 as per the ICC rules.

Australia will take on India in the WTC final, a one-off Test, from June 7 onwards. The Ashes will however get underway with the first Test at Edgbaston, starting June 16.

Australia squad for WTC final and Ashes (1st & 2nd Test): Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

shareGray Share
Australia vs IndiaEngland vs AustraliaICC World Test Championship, 2023Australia tour of England, 2023EnglandAustraliaJosh InglisMitchell MarshMarcus HarrisLance MorrisCameron BancroftMichael NeserTodd Murphy

Related Articles

Dissecting Australia’s WTC, Ashes squad ft Warner, Marsh and Neser
Australia set to play as many as six Tests in a one-and-a-half month span, starting with the WTC final against India, starting June 7
userPramod Ananth
19 Apr 2023
Our openers for the WTC finals should start the Ashes: Mark Taylor
The former Aussie skipper also opines that Bancroft or Renshaw should be the backup opener staff
18 Apr 2023
Ashton Agar set to return to Australia to play domestic cricket
The 29-year-old, however, is expected to return for the three-match ODI series staff
22 Feb 2023
Australia call up Matthew Kuhnemann for India Tests
The left-arm spinner replaces Mitchell Swepson, who has flown home for the birth of his first child staff
12 Feb 2023
Australia add Ashton Agar and Matt Renshaw to squad for SCG Test
Agar and Renshaw last represented Australia in 2017 and 2018 respectively staff
30 Dec 2022
Cummins rested for Sri Lanka T20Is; Harris dropped from Test squad
Meanwhile, Adam Zampa will miss the entire tour due to the birth of his first child staff
29 Apr 2022
Inglis gets Cricket Australia contract, Jhye Richardson axed
Players not picked can still win a full contract by earning 12 'upgrade points' during the year staff
07 Apr 2022
The Ashes: Australia name unchanged squad for rest of the series
Skipper Pat Cummins and fellow quick Josh Hazlewood are in line to return for the Boxing Day Test, while Marcus Harris retains his place staff
20 Dec 2021
Usman Khawaja returns to Australia squad for first two Ashes Tests
The series also marks the return of Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser, who have been picked as a back-up for the pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc staff
17 Nov 2021
Australia include three spinners, uncapped Inglis in T20 World Cup squad
The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and David Warner will return to the Australian squad for upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman staff
19 Aug 2021
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
@ 2020 | All rights reserved