Western Australia’s Sheffield Shield title push boosted by return of Australia stars

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Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar and Josh Philippe are available for the home side

Captain Mitchell Marsh is one of three international players Western Australia have been able to recall for their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Perth where victory will secure a spot in the final.

Marsh, Ashton Agar and Josh Philippe are included in the 14-man squad after completing two weeks quarantine after returning from New Zealand. Unlike players from other states, those heading back to Western Australia were required to isolate as the state has not been part of the one-way travel bubble.

For Marsh, who yesterday withdraw from the IPL citing bubble fatigue, this will be his first first-class match since October 2019 since when injury, white-ball international selection and Covid-19 hubs have prevented him from playing for his state.

Philippe, another who pulled out of the IPL, would also be making his first appearance of the season. Allrounder Agar played three matches in the first part of the Shield, when it was a hub in Adelaide, which included achieving the double of a century and a five-wicket haul against South Australia.

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