All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has replaced Travis Head in Australia’s 12-man squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test with England. The Aussies may have already secured the famous little urn but are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to win the series and Head will play no part at the Oval from Thursday onwards.
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Marsh has come in for Head, who has averaged 27.28 in the four Ashes Tests, to provide bowling cover, as he can bowl at a brisk medium pace. Skipper Tim Paine suggested that was the main reason for the change, saying: “The reason Travis isn’t playing is because we felt we needed extra bowling after a long series.
“We want to get the make-up right for this Test and unfortunately Travis misses out. “He’s disappointed he’s not playing. “No doubt he’s in the top six or seven batsmen in this country.” It remains to be seen if the Baggy Greens go with the same pace attack that has performed so well this summer, with fast bowler James Pattinson missing out once again having played in just two of the games to date.