Dumped Test batsman Adam Voges' hopes of pushing his case for a national recall have been dealt a blow after failing a concussion test but Western Australia could welcome back allrounder Mitch Marsh for their clash with Queensland.
Voges was ruled out of the Warriors’ Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in Townsville on Wednesday after failing the Cogstate concussion test.
The 37-year-old hasn't been able to play or train since being felled by a Cameron Stevenson bouncer last Thursday while batting in a Shield game for WA against Tasmania.
Although Voges has been recovering well, he is yet to regain full cognitive function.
Marsh, who was dropped for the second Test against South Africa after a lean run with the bat, will return to the WA side having missed the match against the Tigers with shoulder injury.
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But having had two injections in his shoulder last week, it remains unclear whether Marsh will be able to bat in the match.
Voges' place in the Test side had been on shaky ground even before the concussion, and both him and Marsh face an uphill battles to win back their spots for the three-Test series against Pakistan, starting on December 15 at the Gabba.
Their last chance to impress selectors will come in WA's day-night Shield match against Queensland, starting on December 5 at the WACA.
Warriors coach and former Test great Justin Langer has urged national selectors to stick with Voges, saying the 37-year-old could help the squad during their transition towards a more-youthful team.
"In my opinion, Adam Voges' Test career shouldn't be over," Langer said on Monday.
"He's been so important to a winning Australian team.
"It was only a few months ago he was averaging 100 in Test cricket.
"He's a state captain. He's a very good person to have to help the young guys.
"Especially if they're bringing in more young guys, you've got to have some senior players in there."
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Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who snagged his second career 10-wicket match haul in WA’s loss to NSW earlier this month, returns to the 13-man squad that flew on Wednesday to Townsville.
Agar will face a late fitness test to determine if he has recovered from a calf strain suffered at training.
WA sit last on the Shield table after opening their season with three straight losses.
Queensland, who sit in fourth spot, have made three changes to the team that defeated South Australia last week.
Batsmen Charlie Hemphrey and Sam Truloff, the latter in line for his first-class debut if selected in the Bulls’ final XI, come in for Test call-ups Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja.
Former Townsville resident Luke Feldman has been replaced by fellow fast-bowler Michael Neser due to a back complaint.
Western Australia squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, David Moody, Josh Nicholas, D'Arcy Short, Ashton Turner, Jonathan Wells, Sam Whiteman.
Queensland squad: Chris Hartley (captain), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jason Floros, Peter George, Sam Heazlett, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Mitch Swepson, Sam Truloff, Jack Wildermuth.
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