Mitch gets nod for grade return
Mitch gets nod for grade return

Mitch Marsh will return to action next Tuesday, three months after he shredded his left hamstring so badly that it appeared he might not play again this season.

The muscular all-rounder batted and bowled in the WACA Ground nets yesterday to confirm he was ready to make a comeback in the one-dayer against Tasmania that could usher Western Australia into the Ryobi Cup final.

But Marsh will not be risked in next week's crucial Sheffield Shield match against the Tigers that WA must win to remain in the hunt for their first four-day final in 14 seasons.

Yet the Warriors are alive in the Ryobi Cup and could qualify for the final, most likely against Victoria at the MCG on February 27, should they beat Tasmania with a bonus point or gain enough percentage to pass South Australia and Queensland.

The Warriors are guaranteed a place in the final should they win with a bonus point and Victoria beat Queensland today and NSW account for SA tomorrow.

Claremont-Nedlands paceman Hayden Parsons will make his debut in the one-dayer while former NSW quick Burt Cockley and all-rounder Tim Armstrong will play their first games of the season.

Cockley, whose back and knee problems prevented him playing in the three years since he was called up for Australia's tour of India in 2009, moved to Perth last year.

He has taken 26 wickets at 19.81 in 10 matches for Midland-Guildford to compare favourably with Parsons (34 wickets at 18.88) and Armstrong (28 at 19.82 for Fremantle).

Armstrong played a single one-day match last season after shifting from Sydney.

WA have also recalled forgotten opener Luke Towers who has been in scintillating form with 601 runs in his past 10 innings for Melville.

That tally included a century in a Twenty20 final and 87 in Melville's one-day title win last weekend.

Uncapped off-spinner Ashton Turner could also play the one-dayer now that 19-year-old left-armer Ashton Agar is staying in Chennai as he makes a bold bid to make a remarkable Test debut.

Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be required by Australia A, while Adam Voges has returned to Perth to recover from a hamstring strain and be with his wife who is expecting their second child this weekend.


  • WA: * Liam Davis, Sam Whiteman, Mike Hussey (capt.), Mitch Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, John Rogers, Tim Armstrong, Jason Behrendorff, Burt Cockley, Hayden Parsons, Michael Hogan, Ashton Turner, Luke Towers.

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