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T20 International: Mitch Marsh opens Australia’s clash with West Indies at Optus Stadium. Pi News

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Australia will experiment with Mitch Marsh in the final home-soil batting of the summer.

Marsh will partner David Warner in Australia’s Twenty20 International against the West Indies at Optus Stadium in the build-up to June’s World Cup in the Caribbean.

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It marks the first time Marsh has topped the tally in 53 T20 Internationals.

Josh Inglis opened with Warner but moves down the order to be promoted to No.4. Perth Scorchers’ Aaron Hardy bats for the first time in a combination familiar to West Australian fans.

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Australia are yet to settle on a full-time replacement for Aaron Finch as opener or captain.

When asked if he was hoping to captain his country at the World Cup, or if he was preparing to do so for the first time on home soil, Marsh simply said: “We’ll see.”

West Indies will bat first after scoring over 200 but losing both their chases in this series.

Xavier Bartlett makes his T20I debut after taking four wickets in each of his first two one-day internationals.

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But the long-awaited debut of the Melbourne Renegades dasher will have to wait.

Fraser-McGurk and quick Wes Agar have been included in the squad for the final but will be watching from the sidelines.

WA and Scorchers kingpin Jason Behrendorff will play in front of his home fans but has been left out of Australia’s squad for three more matches in New Zealand later this month.

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