Australia news July 22, 2014

Marsh, Harris ruled out of Pakistan series

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Batsman Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of Australia's next two tours with an elbow injury, while fast bowler Ryan Harris has also been officially declared unavailable for the series against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

Cricket Australia's confirmation on Harris was widely expected, given that he had not even started running yet after having major knee surgery in March. It is unclear whether Harris will be fit for Australia's home Tests against India, but the team physio Alex Kountouris is hopeful that he will be bowling again before Christmas and could be in the mix.

However, the news that Marsh requires surgery on his elbow and will miss the tours of Zimbabwe and the UAE and the start of the domestic summer was more of a surprise. Marsh picked up the ligament problem during the IPL earlier this year and his failure to recover with a period of rest has left him with no option but to have surgery next week, which will rule him out for up to four months.

The injury lay-off comes at a particularly inopportune time for Marsh, who would have been considered for Australia's Test squad to face Pakistan in the UAE in October after his 148 against South Africa in Centurion in February. Although Marsh lost his place in the Test side later on the South African tour, he would have been a chance to make the touring party for the Pakistan series.

The injury means he will also be unavailable for the one-day tour of Zimbabwe in late August, as well as the Champions League Twenty20 and the start of the home summer for Western Australia. Marsh, who has been plagued by injuries over the course of his career, will have surgery with the goal of returning later in the domestic season and becoming available for the World Cup and next year's Ashes tour of England.

"It's a pretty significant injury," Kountouris said. "We don't see it much in cricket; it's more common in baseball. Cricketers tend to cope with just a short period of rest and they come back and do well. Shaun has had a short period of rest, but it's still a problem and we know that surgery takes a long time to recover.

"There's a three-to-four month recovery period and we've chosen to go ahead with that because it gives him time to play for Western Australia and prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes next year."

Australia will also be hoping to have Harris available for the 2015 Ashes, after his outstanding performance there last year and his remarkable work on the tour of South Africa this year. After bowling Australia to a series win in Cape Town, Harris had surgery on his chronic knee problem and said he was hoping to be available for the Pakistan series, but it soon became apparent that was an unrealistic aim.

"We're certainly not looking to him to be right for the UAE at the moment," Kountouris said. "He's going to start running in the next couple of weeks and we'll see how his knee responds to that and hopefully it'll respond the way we expect. If he copes with that, we'll transition him into bowling.

"We're looking for him to be able to play somewhere before Christmas. Hopefully it'll be the India Test matches and he'll play some Sheffield Shield matches before that, but until he starts running and then bowling it's very hard to predict what's going to happen."

Kountouris also said that left-arm spinner Ashton Agar had been ruled out of the ongoing quadrangular A-team series due to a knee injury. Agar, who made his Test debut in the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge last year, was expected to play for Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad in a tournament which also includes A-teams from Australia, South Africa and India.

"It's a tendon problem that we're trying to manage and being a pre-season tournament, we've decided to get him home and get him right for the start of the season," Kountouris said of Agar's fitness.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • BobYukta on July 24, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    For the upcoming tour of the UAE I would have this team:

    1 - Rogers 2 - Warner 3 - Smith 4 - Clarke 5 - ??? 6 - Watson/Maxwell/Faulkner 7 - Haddin 8 - O'Keefe 9 - Johnson 10 - Siddle/Bollinger 11 - Lyon

    Smith plays at 3 for NSW, why not play him there? It's been a troublesome spot ever since Ponting's loss of form, why not give our best player of spin (after Clarke) a go in what is a pivotal position in spin-friendly conditions. The all-rounder position could go to Maxwell, Faulkner or Watson, depending on conditions. Sadly it seems Watson will be the default choice, but Maxwell is better with the bat and more of a wicket-taker with the ball, rather than a container. Faulkner also deserves the chance for greater batting responsibility. The keeper and bolwers pick themselves really. O'Keefe is essential as a second spinner, and Bollinger's excellent form in country cricket should be rewarded, not to mention he has that Harris 'give it all' attitude.

    I don't know who I'd have at #5.

  • on July 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    @Siddhartha87. Couldn't have put that better myself regarding Warner as it's like having a Gilchrist type player as a test opener is has become that potent, his test average is 48 now and rising.

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    @R_u_nick:

    Forget about the pitches in South Africa, He faced the best bowling attack in the world with such a ease. South Africa had to put 9 fielders on boundary to stop Warner.

    He carried that form to IPL. I agree test cricket is far more challenging than a domestic t20 league, but Warner played spin like a champion in IPL.He batted at no 4 and ended up being one of the stars in this IPL. Believe me this guy is on the rise. You should better get used to it

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    As a neutral, I'd love to see that team (or something very similar) to that posted by modernaussie. Great line-up there; my only concerns would be: 1. Warner (no surprise some of you will say... but bear with me): it's not just spin he really struggles with @dunger.bob - he has failed miserably against the moving ball (swing/seam) and has only capitalised in Australian/South African conditions; best have a backup opener should that trend continue; 2. Not sure if Smith is ready for position 3; depending on the game situation (i.e. do the openers set a decent platform or not) might be best to just keep Watson there; 3. Will O'Keefe even be considered this time, or is this just wishful thinking again?

    1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Watson 4.Clarke 5.Smith 6.Maxwell 7.Haddin 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.O'Keefe 11.Lyon

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    It will be a huge gamble but Aussie should try Maxwell at 3. Pitches will not be conducive to pacers so he can feast on them. By the time spinners come he will be well settled

  • dunger.bob on July 23, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @ modernaussie: Mate, I'm halfway on board already with your batting order. I can see the idea and it's a good one for the situation. I don't think there's a chance in hell they'll do that of course, but if we're 1-0 down and really have nothing to lose but pride, I'd do it.

  • dunger.bob on July 23, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I'm glad there are at least a few others who are wary as hell of Pakistan in the UAE. Without Harris and Patto (his logical cover) I think our guys might struggle a bit. And, can we realistically expect MJ to continue his red hot form indefinitely? I don't think we can. Even if he's slightly off top form the pitches will take care of the rest and bring him back to the pack a bit. Just saying.

    @ Rowayton: ACT for Berendorff you say. That'll teach me to read a blokes profile before commenting about him lol! Anyway, I agree with the Ajmal thing except that maybe I'd like to see them milking 3 or 4 rpo. That sort of thing really gets under a spinners skin. .. way easier said than done with Ajmal though.

    @ Chris_P: Yeah, I've never been super impressed with Mitch Marsh. Too hit and miss but I have to say he's playing well right at the moment and I suppose that's all I can really ask. If he's still playing like this in 6-12 months time then bloody good on him and welcome aboard son.

  • modernaussie on July 23, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    people talking about Maxwell going to the UAE I agree as well.maxwell not only plays spin well he could also relieve the pressure while someone like rogers Clarke or Watson goes at 2 a over. not only would Maxwell help the batting his fielding is some of the best in the world and his off breaks would be more than handy for 12 overs a day at least.i would really like to see smith promoted to 3 for this tour only because rogers and warner don't play spin that gracefully , im worried if we have a doolan or Watson at 3 ( also cant play spin that great ) we would have smith followed b Clarke followed by Maxwell who can all handle it.anyone else agree with me here ? seems out there but I really think it could work aloowing Watson haddin and Johnson to score freely at the end. my 15 man squad for pak series 1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Smith 4.Clarke %5.Maxwell 6.Watson 7.Haddin 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.O'Keefe 11.Lyon rest of squad: C.Sayers , M.Starc , A.Doolan , M.Marsh ( experience round the squad

  • on July 23, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, I don't think you're alone in wanting to see Maxy go to the UAE. I'd almost certainly play him at 6. I guess a lot depends on whether O'Keefe gets a run.

    My Team. Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Maxwell, Haddin, O'Keefe, Johnson, Lyon, Siddle.

    I think they may prefer someone like Mitch Marsh or Mo Hen. at 6 if they are going to play 2 specialist spinners, but I think Watto as 3rd seamer covers it. I think if we go with 3 seamers and just the one spinner then Maxy would be a certainty to play.

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Another option will be taking Maxwell for tests to UAE. He got tremendous hand - eye co ordination. He has the potential to play like Sehwag against spin.

  • BobYukta on July 24, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    For the upcoming tour of the UAE I would have this team:

    1 - Rogers 2 - Warner 3 - Smith 4 - Clarke 5 - ??? 6 - Watson/Maxwell/Faulkner 7 - Haddin 8 - O'Keefe 9 - Johnson 10 - Siddle/Bollinger 11 - Lyon

    Smith plays at 3 for NSW, why not play him there? It's been a troublesome spot ever since Ponting's loss of form, why not give our best player of spin (after Clarke) a go in what is a pivotal position in spin-friendly conditions. The all-rounder position could go to Maxwell, Faulkner or Watson, depending on conditions. Sadly it seems Watson will be the default choice, but Maxwell is better with the bat and more of a wicket-taker with the ball, rather than a container. Faulkner also deserves the chance for greater batting responsibility. The keeper and bolwers pick themselves really. O'Keefe is essential as a second spinner, and Bollinger's excellent form in country cricket should be rewarded, not to mention he has that Harris 'give it all' attitude.

    I don't know who I'd have at #5.

  • on July 23, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    @Siddhartha87. Couldn't have put that better myself regarding Warner as it's like having a Gilchrist type player as a test opener is has become that potent, his test average is 48 now and rising.

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    @R_u_nick:

    Forget about the pitches in South Africa, He faced the best bowling attack in the world with such a ease. South Africa had to put 9 fielders on boundary to stop Warner.

    He carried that form to IPL. I agree test cricket is far more challenging than a domestic t20 league, but Warner played spin like a champion in IPL.He batted at no 4 and ended up being one of the stars in this IPL. Believe me this guy is on the rise. You should better get used to it

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 23, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    As a neutral, I'd love to see that team (or something very similar) to that posted by modernaussie. Great line-up there; my only concerns would be: 1. Warner (no surprise some of you will say... but bear with me): it's not just spin he really struggles with @dunger.bob - he has failed miserably against the moving ball (swing/seam) and has only capitalised in Australian/South African conditions; best have a backup opener should that trend continue; 2. Not sure if Smith is ready for position 3; depending on the game situation (i.e. do the openers set a decent platform or not) might be best to just keep Watson there; 3. Will O'Keefe even be considered this time, or is this just wishful thinking again?

    1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Watson 4.Clarke 5.Smith 6.Maxwell 7.Haddin 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.O'Keefe 11.Lyon

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    It will be a huge gamble but Aussie should try Maxwell at 3. Pitches will not be conducive to pacers so he can feast on them. By the time spinners come he will be well settled

  • dunger.bob on July 23, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @ modernaussie: Mate, I'm halfway on board already with your batting order. I can see the idea and it's a good one for the situation. I don't think there's a chance in hell they'll do that of course, but if we're 1-0 down and really have nothing to lose but pride, I'd do it.

  • dunger.bob on July 23, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    I'm glad there are at least a few others who are wary as hell of Pakistan in the UAE. Without Harris and Patto (his logical cover) I think our guys might struggle a bit. And, can we realistically expect MJ to continue his red hot form indefinitely? I don't think we can. Even if he's slightly off top form the pitches will take care of the rest and bring him back to the pack a bit. Just saying.

    @ Rowayton: ACT for Berendorff you say. That'll teach me to read a blokes profile before commenting about him lol! Anyway, I agree with the Ajmal thing except that maybe I'd like to see them milking 3 or 4 rpo. That sort of thing really gets under a spinners skin. .. way easier said than done with Ajmal though.

    @ Chris_P: Yeah, I've never been super impressed with Mitch Marsh. Too hit and miss but I have to say he's playing well right at the moment and I suppose that's all I can really ask. If he's still playing like this in 6-12 months time then bloody good on him and welcome aboard son.

  • modernaussie on July 23, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    people talking about Maxwell going to the UAE I agree as well.maxwell not only plays spin well he could also relieve the pressure while someone like rogers Clarke or Watson goes at 2 a over. not only would Maxwell help the batting his fielding is some of the best in the world and his off breaks would be more than handy for 12 overs a day at least.i would really like to see smith promoted to 3 for this tour only because rogers and warner don't play spin that gracefully , im worried if we have a doolan or Watson at 3 ( also cant play spin that great ) we would have smith followed b Clarke followed by Maxwell who can all handle it.anyone else agree with me here ? seems out there but I really think it could work aloowing Watson haddin and Johnson to score freely at the end. my 15 man squad for pak series 1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Smith 4.Clarke %5.Maxwell 6.Watson 7.Haddin 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.O'Keefe 11.Lyon rest of squad: C.Sayers , M.Starc , A.Doolan , M.Marsh ( experience round the squad

  • on July 23, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @Dunger.Bob, I don't think you're alone in wanting to see Maxy go to the UAE. I'd almost certainly play him at 6. I guess a lot depends on whether O'Keefe gets a run.

    My Team. Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Maxwell, Haddin, O'Keefe, Johnson, Lyon, Siddle.

    I think they may prefer someone like Mitch Marsh or Mo Hen. at 6 if they are going to play 2 specialist spinners, but I think Watto as 3rd seamer covers it. I think if we go with 3 seamers and just the one spinner then Maxy would be a certainty to play.

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    Another option will be taking Maxwell for tests to UAE. He got tremendous hand - eye co ordination. He has the potential to play like Sehwag against spin.

  • Rowayton on July 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    That's Behrendorff from the ACT dunger.bob, although I will admit he currently plays for WA. But I agree with you talking about Warner playing spin better. If he hits a few fours early I can see Ajmal bowling about 20 minutes after the start in the UAE. In my view modern batsmen, and Warner is the prime example, try to attack spinners too much. Soft hands, push em around, two runs an over is fine.

  • siddhartha87 on July 23, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Aussies should go with 5 bowlers in UAE with Faulkner being the 5 th bowler. Play both LYon and O'Keefe.

    Squad for UAE-

    1. Rogers 2. Warner 3. Watson 4. Clarke 5.Smith 6.Haddin 7.Faulkner 8.Johnson 9. O'Keefe 10. Siddle 11.Lyon

  • dunger.bob on July 23, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    In the next round of A team games we'll get to see Berendorff from WA in action. I think he's going to be a cracker but I guess there's still plenty of time for him to break down as well. He's another left hander though. They might not want 2 cackies in the same attack.

    This might sound a bit strange, but I'd take Maxwell on the UAE tour. He seems to have an affinity for those pitches with the bat and the ball and he did pretty damn good last season in FC cricket as well. A bit out of the box perhaps but the maniac can definitely play spin when he puts his head down.

  • Biggus on July 23, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    Well, when the issue of whether or not Harris should go to the UAE first came up I naturally had misgivings, and this article had made that a moot point, so he stays home. I'm second to none as a fan of the Rhino, he's a absolute joy to watch in action and I'd hate to see his career end in the UAE because he toured before he was really healed. Mind you, I think he would have been quite effective there.

    I'm not sure our guys will be able to handle Ajmal well enough for us to make the necessary runs to win the series. Were it not for him I'd feel quite confident of our chances, but he's a class bowler, and facing him on the pitches in the UAE is like facing our best quicks on a green first day Gabba pitch is for subcontinentals. Nevertheless, I don't think any of us really dreamed we'd crucify England in quite the manner that we did down here, and if I've learned anything from forty years of watching the game it's that nothing is certain. Headingley 1981 taught me that. Fingers crossed!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 22, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    @RandyOZ: that's only true if you're willing to count guys like Cummins that spend most of their lives on recovery tables as depth. I don't wish injuries or surgery on any man from any team, but seriously... some of you guys clearly don't get how tough and grueling five days of test cricket can be. Hanging onto notions that such injury-prone players will make it big in international test cricket is bizarre when it's in fact so true that there are rich pickings elsewhere.

  • DragonCricketer on July 22, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Just put Hughes in. He can keep too. Drop Haddin and put in another bowler.

  • Chris_P on July 22, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    @Rock A Pilla. While no one doubts Mitch Marsh's talent, the glaring facts are that he hasn't delivered consistently on the FC paddock. I would like to see him deliver on his potential & form an integral part of the side, but he has a long way to go IMHO. @Jono Makim. Not sure re: Cummins. This is still our off season, if he starts back to the form he had 3 years ago, I would select him against the Indian tourists straight away. Don't forget how he terrorized what was the strongest batting order at the time in their own back yard. on his test debut. Let's hope his body has stopped growing & he has been looked after. Too bad for Rhino, but he is a gem who needs to rest, no use picking or pushing guys not up to it.

  • SevereCritic on July 22, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @dunger.bob - Warner has been simply sublime and an integral part of Aussie success last summer. He starts dominating very early and puts the pressure back on the bowling side very quickly. True, he isn't as good against spin. But he doesn't really have to look further than Clarke or Smith for some spin-playing tips. Both Smith and Clarke are absolutely sublime against spin. I think Warner's main problem against spin comes from the fact that he doesn't play with soft hands. Quick feet, soft hands and a lot of wrist -- watch Clarke and Smith.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    now comes to the fore fitness of yester fast bowlers like macgrath and others. These present day fast bowlers specially patto cummins and others are not able to maintain same as oldtimers in fitness no doubt they are all excellent fast bolers. for sake of world and austrlian cricket give priority to fitness please.No doubt Austrlia has enough quality fast bowlers to replace.

  • social_monster09 on July 22, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    Harris is once in a generation bowler. He is the best in the world right now if we compare him to Steyn. Steyn is an excellent bowler no doubt but in terms of swinging deliveries & line length Harris is miles ahead then him. Alas that his knee always cheated him but he is a champion. He is 34 right now I praise him, want to play till 37. Johnson, Harris, Patto, Siddle, Cummins, Stark we have bunch of world class bowlers in our team. I don't know for what @xtrafalgarx is worring about. Relax mate we have Warner, Smith, Watto, Clarke Haddin, Rogers (for short time) in our team. Bowling was never our problem in SC it's batting who let us down & only in 1 series in India. But now our batsmen are stablished & adapting every condition. I hope Harris will play against India & teach them real swinging art of bowling

  • dunger.bob on July 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    What would be really handy is for Dave Warner to turn into as good a player of spin as he is of pace. I get the feeling his contribution in the ashes and against the Saffers has been mostly forgotten. It was close to a thousand runs over the summer and they were scored at a gallop. Completely outstanding but it was nearly all against pace. .. c'mon Davey, figure out how to do the same hob against the spinners.

  • on July 22, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Surely Mitch Marsh has earnt a spot in the squad. He is the genuine allrounder with the potential that Watson has promised but not delivered.

  • Cricket_Man on July 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    I think you guys should be worried about your team's batting. Only Clarke currently or to a certain extent Steve Smith are good enough players of spin. The guys who are very very talented but overshadowed by Ajmal are Abdur Rehman and Zulfiqar Babar. I think they would pose more threat than Ajmal. Plus ,the likes of Junaid Khan and the impressive Muhammad Talha would definitely be posing threats to the Australian top order. Remember that England's downfall from the Number 1 position started with a 3-0 loss against Pakistan. The conditions in which your team would be playing won't be Australian or South African.

  • HatsforBats on July 22, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Time for bowlers around the country to put their hands up, a shame there's so little opportunity before the UAE tour. Only Johnson is penciled in, though I imagine Siddle will get the nod due to experience and I'm happy with that. Third seamer though could be anyone! All the young "stars" are injured bar Starc but they won't take 2 lefty quicks. It looks like Sayers might have the run-in at the moment. Second spinner will be interesting, O'Keefe won't get selected and there's no one else in the same league. They may just rely on overs from Smith/Warner rather than throw a young spinner to the slaughter.

  • aby_97 on July 22, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Australia have very good backup for all kind of players.Marsh's exclusion will not matter much as he was a replacement for Watto, and Watson will be in the squad as a allrounder playing at No.6 with Alex Doolan at No.3

    Meanwhile, Starc looks in good rhythm.So does Jackson Bird, Cutting, Luke Butterworth or even Michael Hogan.

  • Sir_Ivor on July 22, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Australia does have many players who could replace those injured and probably be superstars tomorrow. But they should remember that playing Pakistan in the desert is tricky. Though South Africa did very well against them,most teams struggle. Australian batting will find Pakistan spin more difficult to combat than their pace bowling. In Ajmal they have a bowler who is an out and out match winner. I hope Lyon is ready with whatever he has picked up from Saqlain. Australia will have to depend mostly on their pace bowlers of whom there are many.

  • on July 22, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx and Jonesy2, Cummins was bowling for Aus A today. Mind you I wouldn't be picking him to play test cricket this summer.

    If we had to play a test tomorrow we could go with Johnson, Sayers, Siddle and Lyon. I'd be more or less happy with that. Plenty of variety at least.

  • on July 22, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Starc, Sayers, Butterworth and Cutting are all good for the 3rd paceman role alonside Siddle and Johnson. Even Hilfenhaus. With the Marsh thing, his brother could be a canditate, so could Silk. Hughes or Bailey could be recalled as well.

  • michael.senthil on July 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    o'keefe will hopefully be in the squad for pakistan- he never really gets the credit he deserves. i am very worried about this series tho, as siddle has been really struggling in county cricket, hazlewood has recenlty gone down injured, and pattinson, coulter nile and bird are all injured already. lyon was also poor against india a, and our top order doesn't look very strong at the moment to be honest. Hopefully we do alright there tho

  • on July 22, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    The Australian team is full talent and depth and there is shortage of any type player .Hopefully Harris will be alright well before next Australian summer

  • modernaussie on July 22, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @randyoz i agree 100percent mate , bowling depth and wicket keeping is very rich atm

  • RandyOZ on July 22, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Good thing that, unlike England, we have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to depth

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    ai serious question, do we have enough fit fast bowlers? whats the situation with cummins and patto? at this stage as far as i know its both mitch's and sids available? bird, hazlewood and NCN injured as well? its shouldnt an issue mind you as sayers can come straight in.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 22, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I'm very worried about the make up of the side. While we are ranked no1, the side is very much in a state of flux. Our top 6 still isn't concrete, Harris is skating on this ice, Johnson can't go on forever, Siddle has recently been dropped, Pattinson and Cummins won't play for Australia for at least 12 months as they are on long comeback trails from injuries, Bird, Coulter-nile and Marsh are injured. Lastly we have 3 or 4 guy who will be moving on over the next year, so it's not all rosey in our camp.

  • modernaussie on July 22, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    harris being injured is a blessing in disguise , we need him 100percent fit and ready to go for the ashes in enlgand. having him bowl on flat drop in pitches is a waste compared to green tops and pitches that actual do something with the ball in england .either siddle to come in and play a containing roll allowing johnson to bounce the pakistanis out. marsh needs to be forgotten , he is over rated and mentally not up to international test cricket , his brother on the other hand could be a star.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    We have enough backup to replace Harry , he will be ready for India series anyway. Patto or cummins will do the job.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    bring pat Cummins or starc in place of Harris.

  • Mervo on July 22, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Harris is a champion. If he is not fit then he should be bowling coach.

  • heathrf1974 on July 22, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Harris is a big blow. I can't see us winning this series. If we draw the series it will be a great effort.

  • MariusPontmercy94 on July 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Not too concerned about Marsh being injured - can't we just have his brother in the side instead?

    Am a bit sad to see Agar out injured, though. Wouldn't mind seeing him back in the national side again - especially as he can both bat and bowl.

  • dunger.bob on July 22, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx: I agree. He is actually a joy to watch when he's fit, in form and in the side. Which is about once every four years or so.

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    wouldve loved batting in the UAE. replace him with his brother please selectors

  • xtrafalgarx on July 22, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Poor Marsh. I had him penciled in at no.3 as he seemed to have gotten over a few hurdles temperamentally and physically.

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  • xtrafalgarx on July 22, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Poor Marsh. I had him penciled in at no.3 as he seemed to have gotten over a few hurdles temperamentally and physically.

  • jonesy2 on July 22, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    wouldve loved batting in the UAE. replace him with his brother please selectors

  • dunger.bob on July 22, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx: I agree. He is actually a joy to watch when he's fit, in form and in the side. Which is about once every four years or so.

  • MariusPontmercy94 on July 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Not too concerned about Marsh being injured - can't we just have his brother in the side instead?

    Am a bit sad to see Agar out injured, though. Wouldn't mind seeing him back in the national side again - especially as he can both bat and bowl.

  • heathrf1974 on July 22, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Harris is a big blow. I can't see us winning this series. If we draw the series it will be a great effort.

  • Mervo on July 22, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Harris is a champion. If he is not fit then he should be bowling coach.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    bring pat Cummins or starc in place of Harris.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    We have enough backup to replace Harry , he will be ready for India series anyway. Patto or cummins will do the job.

  • modernaussie on July 22, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    harris being injured is a blessing in disguise , we need him 100percent fit and ready to go for the ashes in enlgand. having him bowl on flat drop in pitches is a waste compared to green tops and pitches that actual do something with the ball in england .either siddle to come in and play a containing roll allowing johnson to bounce the pakistanis out. marsh needs to be forgotten , he is over rated and mentally not up to international test cricket , his brother on the other hand could be a star.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 22, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    I'm very worried about the make up of the side. While we are ranked no1, the side is very much in a state of flux. Our top 6 still isn't concrete, Harris is skating on this ice, Johnson can't go on forever, Siddle has recently been dropped, Pattinson and Cummins won't play for Australia for at least 12 months as they are on long comeback trails from injuries, Bird, Coulter-nile and Marsh are injured. Lastly we have 3 or 4 guy who will be moving on over the next year, so it's not all rosey in our camp.