Veteran Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh added that both he and Cameron Green cannot be part of the same playing XI as Australia bring changes ahead of the fourth Ashes 2023 Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. England won the third Test at Headingley on Sunday. While Australia finished on the wrong side of the result, Marsh, playing in his first Test since September 2019, returned with a bang, scoring a stunning hundred in the first innings and picking up two crucial wickets as well. Notably, he got an opportunity at Headingley because Green was left out due to a minor hamstring strain as well.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Marsh admitted that he sees only one of him and Green playing in the fourth Test in Manchester. He said:
“I don’t think there is. Unfortunately there’s not, that’s all right. I don’t want to comment on it too much. Ultimately that stuff is out of my control. I’ve got a very, very close relationship with ‘Greeny’. He’s a fantastic young kid. He’s learning on the go and we know what a super talent he is. It’s important for him to be in our side. We’ve seen how important he is for our side over the last couple of years. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Meanwhile, Cameron Green has resumed his bowling and he looks set to be fit in time for the fourth Test, which will start on July 19. And, while talking about the selection conundrum, Australian captain Pat Cummins said that they will keep their options open as well.
“You keep all options open. We’ve got nine or 10 days’ (break) now so we’ll take a deep breath. We’ll go away for a few days. But everyone comes back into it. Greeny should be fit for Manchester,” he opined. “We should have a full roster and we’ll have a look at the wicket and have a chat and work out the best XI.”