Warne wants Stoinis, Marsh wants Marsh
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has called on selectors to bring in an all-rounder for the second Test in Perth.
Speaking on Cricket 360, Warne said the fast bouncy conditions predicted for Optus Stadium meant the Aussies would need an additional pace bowling option.
And he pointed to pivotal moments in the first Test as justification. "Just go back to day one, you lose the toss, which is a huge toss," he said.
"You get India 4-41, 6-127, not far off the new ball. Mitchell Starc has the new ball. Nine, ten, eleven don't bat that well and India find a way to make 250.
"They shouldn't make 200 if Mitchell Starc is at his best. I think with it being 45 degrees out in the middle, we just lacked that fifth bowler."
Warne said all-rounder Marcus Stoinis should be brought into the side to alleviate some pressure on the Australian pace attack.
"Perth, given what we are hearing it's going to be a nice, fast bouncy pitch, so I would be making one change and that would be to bring in Marcus Stoinis who got and 85 in the last Shield match and a 60 in the Shield game before," he said.
"But mainly it would be for his all-round capabilities. Just to relieve a little pressure off Starc - who might be able to bowl one less spell and be a little bit better."
Warne said Peter Handscomb would be the batsman to make way for Stoinis in the XI.
Axed all-rounder Mitch Marsh remains hopeful of a surprise call-up despite modest returns with the bat and ball in Western Australia's Sheffield Shield draw with Victoria.
In his first match since being dropped for the series opener against India, Marsh made a tentative 21 in the first innings at the MCG and was dismissed for just 11 runs in the second.
The Australian vice-captain didn't fare much better with the ball, returning figures of 1-102 for the match, but he hasn't given up all hope of returning for the historic first Test to be played at Optus Stadium.
"I'm in the squad so I'd say that I'm a chance ... it all really depends how the bowlers pull up," Marsh said.
"The wicket had a fair bit in it last week when we (WA) played on it. Ultimately I think it will come down to the conditions and how the bowlers pull up.
"If the opportunity arises, it would be amazing, but if not I'm still going to be around the squad.
"I'll be running drinks as hard as I can for the boys and getting around them and enjoying the Perth Stadium atmosphere."
With the Shield season now on hold until February, Marsh must press his claims for a Test recall with the Perth Scorchers in the BBL.
He's confident good form in the white ball game will be just as valued by coach Justin Langer and national selectors.
Not that he feels like he's badly out of touch. "I think there's a difference between being out of form and out of the runs and at the moment I'm just out of runs," he said.
"I'm remaining very confident. I was obviously very disappointed to miss out on the first Test but I understood the reasons why.
"Ultimately you've got two ways to go about it - you can either sulk and go back into your shell or you can put a smile on your face and enjoy the hard work, enjoy the challenge getting back into the Test side."
Marsh admitted to being shattered by his omission but has been heartened by the messages of support received since.
"I cop a fair bit but I do have a lot of people who care about me and always show support for me," he said.
- with AAP