Apr 302013

Mitchell Marsh struck 104 off 96 but it was not enough for Western Australia, Western Australia v Tasmania, Ryobi Cup, Perth, February 19, 2013Mitchell Marsh’s 104 for the Warriors against Tasmania played a large part in winning his Champions Trophy place © Getty Images

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Mitchell Marsh will return to Australian duty for the first time in more than a year when the national selector John Inverarity names his squad for the Champions Trophy ODI tournament that precedes the Ashes in England.

Following a year in which he was sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and then disciplined further for his part in the Perth Scorchers’ Champions Trophy misadventures, 21-year-old Marsh earned his place with a handful of storming domestic limited overs displays for Western Australia.

In five matches for the Warriors last summer he cracked 278 runs at 69.50, including 104 from 96 balls against Tasmania at the WACA ground as the hosts narrowly missed the final. This innings followed a hamstring injury that cruelled a significant portion of Marsh’s summer.

Marsh made his most recent international appearance in a Twenty20 against India in February 2012, and played his lone ODI in South Africa in late 2011.

He has largely flattered to deceive in first-class matches thus far, but it is in 50-over fixtures that he has been most consistent, averaging 39.90 with the bat and 24.85 with the ball across 27 matches.

The remainder of the Champions Trophy squad will be largely as expected, the experienced batsman Adam Voges included following his century against the West Indies at the MCG and the fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile rewarded for a strong limited overs season.

George Bailey, who served as Michael Clarke’s stand-in when he missed numerous ODIs towards the end of the home summer, will be appointed vice-captain.

The squad does not include numerous players taking part in the concurrent Australia A tour of the British Isles, including James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin.

Champions Trophy squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), David Warner, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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