Shaun Marsh's back an injury worry ahead of First Test


This comes hot on the heels of another Australian batsman, David Warner, suffered a neck injury heading into the Ashes.

Smith confirmed Warner's opening partner in Brisbane will be Test debutant Cameron Bancroft with bowlers Jackson Bird and Chadd Sayers missing out. However, he is confident that he will be fit to make the Ashes opener. Unfortunately for him, he is yet to feature in the baggy green at home and there are very slim chances of Warner missing out who clutched his neck during the fielding drill on Tuesday.

Stokes is unavailable for selection until further notice.

"Jake has bowled well when he's had opportunities on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians", skipper Joe Root said.

Hugh Morris, Glamorgan's director of cricket, said: "We wanted to bring in someone who is experienced at worldwide level, can bat at the top of the order and can play in all three formats of the game, and Shaun ticks all of those boxes for us". He performed well with the bat and scored runs, and he was brilliant in the dressing room as well, helping other guys with their approach to the game.

There again, he has just won his eighth recall to Australia's Test squad in a career that has spread 23 Tests, as well as 68 matches in limited-overs formats, in the past decade. "Hopefully he can keep improving and he'll be 100 percent come 10 o'clock in the morning", the skipper added.

Glenn Maxwell has been included in the squad as cover for both the left-handers for the first Ashes Test that begins tomorrow.

Shaun Marsh too has some injury concerns as it is believed that the left-handed batsman has a stiff back.

GARY BALLANCE would welcome the return to Headingley of Ashes rival Shaun Marsh if Yorkshire decide to ask the Australian back for a second spell.