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Mitchell Marsh gets surprise call-up for last Ashes Test
The Ashes 2019

Mitchell Marsh gets surprise call-up for last Ashes Test

Australia have drafted Mitchell Marsh into their 12-man squad in place of vice-captain Travis Head for the final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Marsh last played for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India and has been included in the side to provide cover for Head, who averages 27.28 in the four games across the series.

Marsh impressed in the tour game against Derbyshire ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford but failed to make the cut for the playing XI.

His selection is primarily aimed at reducing the burden on Australia's frontline seamers, who have been at the fore of their bowling charge.

Head began the series brightly as he managed to score a half-century in the Ashes opener but flopped in subsequent outings.

The rest of the squad remains unchanged with Peter Siddle retaining his place as James Pattinson, playing his first Test series after a gap of three-and-a-half years, continues to miss out.

Siddle could be preferred by the team management over either Josh Hazlewood or Pat Cummins, to afford rest to one of the new-ball bowlers.

Australia have retained the Ashes urn with an unassailable 2-1 lead and are in with a chance to register their first Test series win on English soil in 18 years.

Australia XII for fifth Ashes Test

David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Mitch Marsh, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood