The attack will be further strengthened by Marsh being able to bowl in a match for the first time in almost two months after being sent home from a one-day series against Zimbabwe in Townsville with an ankle injury.
“I love appearing as an all-rounder and making sure I’m in the game the whole time, I’m feeling great,” Marsh said. “And hopefully, I can contribute a few big scores at the top and maybe chip in with a few wickets.”
If Australia’s most recent match in Perth is any guide, the fast bowlers may not have things all their own way. In a T20 match a fortnight ago, Australia scored 200 chasing England’s 208.
It was the first international match in Perth for almost three years due to COVID-related travel restrictions.
Despite this absence of cricket, Marsh insists that Perth Stadium will give Australia a distinct home-ground advantage.
“It’s a great place to play cricket. It’s similar to the Gabba,” Marsh said. “I love the dimensions of the ground and we play very well here.”
Likely Australian team: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.