Marsh on track for Pakistan series

11 September 2018 05:53:03 EST

Australia's Mitchell Marsh is happy to have returned to the bowling crease for the first time in more than five months.

The Australia A captain bowled 13 overs in the first innings of the second unofficial Test against India A in Bengaluru.

Marsh is making his way back towards a Test return, having been sidelined since ankle surgery in April. Selectors were keen to see how he went in his comeback appearance.

He impressed with an unbeaten 113 with the bat in Australia A's first innings but it was his bowling that was most in the spotlight.

I've had five months to prepare for this game so if I wasn't prepared for it I would be pretty annoyed. I'm feeling good, not too sore at the moment.

Mitchell Marsh

Marsh bowled his first five overs on the second day of the match and eight more on day three, when he claimed his only wicket.

He said he'd gone into the game knowing that he'd be limited to no more than 15 overs during the match.

That was to try to ensure he'd come through his return unscathed, with selectors preparing to announce their squad for next month's Test matches against Pakistan in the UAE.

"I've had five months to prepare for this game so if I wasn't prepared for it I would be pretty annoyed," said Marsh. "I'm feeling good, not too sore at the moment.

"It was a pretty planned out process from when I had ankle surgery until the day before I left (for India).

"It was a case of building up my running fitness and my strength and building up over the five months."

If Marsh is fit to face Pakistan as a pace option it would give selectors the option of picking up to three frontline spinners -  likely Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland and Ashton Agar.

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