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Smith gives Warner green light, Marsh in doubt

23 November 2017

After earning a surprise recall in the Australian side for the opening Test of the 2017-18 Ashes at The Gabba in Brisbane from Thursday, Shaun Marsh has now been roped in by English county Glamorgan for the nest two seasons.

Warner, Australia's vice-captain, inspected the pitch at Brisbane, where the hosts have not lost in 28 matches and where England have only won twice.

Warner received treatment overnight and hit the nets on Wednesday morning after a brief chat with team physio David Beakley. However, the southpaw has not been ruled off the Test yet and remains available for selection.

"Davey is going well".

Australia skipper Steven Smith on Wednesday said he had no doubt his vice-captain will be cleared to play. After being criticised for his inclusion in the Ashes squad, the southpaw, who was expected to start the opener against England at the Gabba might miss out as he is reportedly suffering a back problem. "He's very confident and he says he'll be right to go", ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith, as saying.

"He said he'll even bat like Shivnarine Chanderpaul, if he has to".

"There is a lot of exciting young talent at the club, and hopefully I can put in some good performances so we can bring some silverware to Wales". Marsh comes with a proven reputation in domestic cricket and having been a three-time Big Bash victor with the Perth Scorchers, he is sure to lend a lot of expertise to Glamorgan, for whom he played in the 2012 T20 campaign too.

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"It's improved a fair bit over the last 24 hours".

Australia are sweating on the fitness of another key batsman, with Shaun Marsh the latest injury concern on the eve of the Ashes.

Smith gives Warner green light, Marsh in doubt