Melbourne: Selectors dropped Shaun Marsh from the Australian side on Thursday to make way for the return of Usman Khawaja ahead of the second Boxing Day Test against the West Indies in Melbourne.
There was no room for Marsh, who hit his highest Test score of 182 in Australia’s thumping innings and 212 run defeat of the Windies in the first Hobart Test.
Pakistan-born Khawaja returns to the Australia side, reclaiming his No 3 spot after he was sidelined for the last two Tests with hamstring trouble.
Khawaja scored 174 and 121 in the first two Tests against NZ last month and proved his fitness with an explosive 109 off 70 balls in the Big Bash League Twenty20 series last weekend. It will otherwise be an unchanged side for Saturday’s Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Australia are favoured to retain the Frank Worrell trophy.