T20 International: Mitch Marsh elevated to opener for Australia’s clash with West Indies at Optus Stadium


Australia will experiment with Mitch Marsh opening the batting in their final home-soil hit-out of the summer.

Marsh will partner David Warner for Australia’s Twenty20 International clash against the West Indies at Optus Stadium as they build towards the World Cup in the Caribbean in June.

It marks the first time in Marsh’s 53 T20 International matches that he has batted at the top of the order.

Josh Inglis had been opening with Warner, but will slide down the order to bat at No.4. Fellow Perth Scorchers player Aaron Hardie will bat at first drop in a familiar combination for West Australian fans.

Australia are yet to settle on a full-time replacement as either opener or captain for white-ball great Aaron Finch.

Asked again if he hopes or expects to captain his country at the World Cup as he prepares to do it for the first time at his home venue, Marsh simply said: “We’ll see”.

West Indies won the toss and will bat first, having scored above 200 but lost in both of their chasing efforts this series.

Xavier Bartlett will make his T20I debut after taking four wickets in each of his first two one-day international appearances.

But the highly-anticipated debut of Melbourne Renegades dasher Jake Fraser-McGurk will have to wait.

Fraser-McGurk and quick Wes Agar were pulled into the squad for the final match, but will watch from the sidelines.

WA and Scorchers swing king Jason Behrendorff will play in front of a home crowd, but has been left out of Australia’s squad for three more matches in New Zealand later this month.

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