As Australia prepare for the final two Tests, they are keeping their cards close to their chest after the drawing at Headingley. They are worried about how England bowled to their left-handers. Though Marnus Labuschagne made an enclosure to the left-right combination to make sure that the first wicket doesn’t create a problem.
Steve Smith either replacing Marcus Harris or Usman Khawaja, is an excellent first alternative though, Old Trafford has a reputation of being the fastest track in England. Thus bringing Starc will help keep the quicks fresh back-to-back Tests and therefore the Australian all-rounder player Marsh will likely paly for the first time this series.
People have not failed to express their concern about Australia batting woes. They have several problems, Smith and Labushchagne are the only batsmen who have managed to score fifty in more than two times.
The start lineup has regularly been losing early wickets; they have only managed to reach 100 two down or better. Trevor Hohns warned against following too much into Khawaja’s move to open in the tour game. Though he made an average of 96.8 in seven Test innings at the top tells its own story.
At Headingley, Australia lost 8-43 in the first innings when wickets fall on the clumps. Then they lasted six wickets for 83 runs; that left the door open for Ben Stoke to storm in.
At Edgbaston, Australia lost 5-23 before Smith dealt with James Anderson. Wade was also part of the collapse against Derbyshire, he only made 12 runs and thrashed 155 from 71 balls in Australia A tour two months ago.
Hohns believe that Marsh is a good option after scoring 74 batting at No.3 and a match figure of 3-38. The start is also impressive given that he destroyed Derbyshire tail in both innings. His pace was also excellent and improved lengths with the new ball.