Melbourne : All-rounder Mitchell Marsh was today named skipper of a star-studded Australia ‘A’ squad for the four-day games during their tour of India later this year while Travis Head will lead the one-day side. The one-day side will compete in a tri-series against India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ in Vijawada in August ahead of the four-day games in September.
Marsh, whose Test vice captaincy prospects got a boost, leads a 14-man squad packed with international experience, a group featuring Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Joel Paris, Matthew Renshaw and Chris Tremain.
Test legend Adam Gilchrist backed Marsh to be Tim Paine’s vice-captain and now the 26-year-old has a perfect opportunity to display his leadership qualities over two matches against India ‘A’ in Vizag from September 2.
“We’re looking for leaders for future Australian teams, and Travis, Mitch and Alex are all very impressive young men,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.
“Travis and Mitch both have captaincy experience at state level, and this is an exciting opportunity for them to lead a new group of players in different conditions.
“Alex, as our Twenty20 vice-captain in the UK and Zimbabwe, is also someone we rate very highly as a leader, and this is another opportunity for him to develop those skills.”
The tour looms as pivotal preparation for Australia’s two-Test tour against Pakistan in the UAE.
“We’re really pleased with the squads we have assembled for this tour,” he said.
“We’ve got a couple of really experienced international cricketers, a large group who have had a taste of playing for Australia already, some emerging players who have performed strongly and we believe have the potential.”
Four-day squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain
One-day squad: Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth.