Marsh ready to adapt role to fit conditions

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is prepared to bowl wherever the captain and coach ask him to, depending on how many spinners are picked for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele later this month.

Marsh's handy seam bowling can fit anywhere, and if both spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe play then Marsh could be the third seamer and will bowl with the new ball more than he's used to.

Marsh told cricket.com.au: "If we've got two spinners then I'll probably bowl a bit more with the newer ball, being the third seamer.

"It’s always nice in these conditions to bowl when the ball’s a little bit harder and potentially swinging a little bit.

"But I don't really mind to be honest. For me it’s about just playing the conditions.

"I'll be attacking the stumps as much as I can with fields that allow me to bowl like that (aggressively).

"And depending on who’s bowling at the other end, my role will change."

The first Test starts on 26 July, and Sri Lanka will hope to put on a better show at home than they did in England recently, despite a severe lack of fit fast bowlers.

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