Australia‘s latest entrant Alex Doolan said he was pleased to join his teammates in South Africa after being given an extended run with the team. The Tasmanian batsman is expected to be batting at No 3 or 4 in the upcoming series.

 

According to News.com.au, and Shaun Marsh have both been earmarked for the crucial role after their inclusion in the squad, leaving Watson to come in at six and take more responsibility with the ball. Clarke is also including Watson to bat at No 3 as he is a senior player and relishes taking extra responsibility .

 

Stating that it is good for the team that has a number of available options for the No 3 slot, Clarke also said that they will assess a suitable candidate at the tour game in Potchefstroom, adding that he is backing Watson to have a fantastic series and lead by example despite failing to make lots of runs during the Ashes.

 

Marsh is still under an injury cloud and has remained in Australia for further treatment on a minor calf strain, while Jackson Bird has also been left behind to prove his fitness after he jarred his back playing in the Big Bash League, the report added.