All-rounder Marsh recalled for 3rd test, Handscomb out

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Peter Handscomb is likely to be axed after two Tests, for the second Australian summer in a row, to accommodate the medium pacers of Mitch Marsh.

Australia made a strong come back in the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a huge win in newly built Perth Stadium after a close loss in the series opener in Adelaide.

The kid was informed about his inclusion news via a phone call from Australian coach Justin Langer.

Handscomb's lbw dismissal in Perth, pinned deep in his crease by Ishant Sharma, prompted Shane Warne to liken the under-pressure batsman to "a lamb to the slaughter".

Marsh has managed scores of 11, 21, 30 and six from his last four innings for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield, and was dismissed for three on Thursday in his last knock in the local "Big Bash" Twenty20 competition.

Archie is a leg-spinner just like his hero, Nathan "Gary the Goat" Lyon, and has reportedly told Langer with confidence that he can get Indian skipper Virat Kohli out. Pete at his best is going to score a lot of Test runs and not just his batting, he brings a hell of a lot to our side in terms of his fielding, his experience and just the way he generally goes about his cricket.

"Unlike Adelaide and Perth where we knew it would be an even contest (between bat and ball)".

Seam-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could replace Handscomb and offer support for Australia's pacemen on a drop-in wicket that did little for the bowlers in a tiresome draw against England a year ago.

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The Test series has been gripping and full of action, with both sides showing their grit and determination in both matches so far.

"Sometimes we live a life, it's very good, but you can be consumed in your own life at times, so to have someone like that around is actually really inspiring for our group".

"The more we can look after those guys the better. this is the only Test we are looking at but we aware there are back-to-back Tests, which is tough", Langer said.

"We weigh up all those things", Langer said.

He added that he did not believe dropping a player from a winning XI would impact Australia's momentum.

The series will shift to Sydney for the finale beginning on January 3.

Australia's batting order may be unsettled but their star-studded attack is not, with Hazlewood noting they're confident of claiming 20 wickets on any surface.

"All of them would admit they haven't quite nailed it this series, so that's exciting", Langer said.

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