Former quick wants more from allrounder Marsh
Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris is backing Mitchell Marsh for selection against India however he insists the 27-year-old must take on more of a bowling load.
Selected predominantly as an all-rounder, Marsh has bowled a touch more than eight overs an innings across his 30 Tests which Harris says is not enough. He maintains the Test co-deputy should be bowling between 10 and 15 overs per innings.
"I like the all-rounder in the team, but I don't think Mitch Marsh has bowled enough," Harris told SEN.
"I don't think they're getting enough overs out of him.
"He's a very good batsman, but he hasn't put the runs on the board with the bat so with being an all-rounder you've got two opportunities to contribute to the team and he probably hasn't done enough with that.
"I do think he should be there. I think he should be batting at six and then give him more than four or five overs per innings. It should be 10 to 15 overs an innings."
Marsh looks likely to hold onto his Test spot at Adelaide Oval after rediscovering form with the bat in the Sheffield Shield. After averaging 7.50 with the bat across Australia's two-Test tour of Pakistan, where he was turned to for 30 overs and took two wickets at 49.00, Marsh has looked in fine fettle in domestic cricket.
Marsh has averaged 46.40 across his five innings for Western Australia this summer with a high score of 151. Encouragingly for Australia, he has taken on a heavier bowling workload, with 79 overs under his belt across six innings with the ball.