Cape Town - Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is hopeful of being fit
to face Pakistan following ankle surgery in Melbourne last week.
Marsh was unable to fulfil an off-season contract with
Surrey ultimately being replaced by Proteas opener Dean Elgar but now hopes to
be back for the as yet unconfirmed Test series against Pakistan in the UAE
penciled in for September or October.
The all-rounder had a breakout summer for Australia with a
triumphant return to the XI in the Ashes and a handy contribution against South
Marsh returned home to Perth on Friday telling Seven News at
the Perth airport: "(I'm going to) keep my feet up for a couple of weeks
then get stuck into pre-season with Western Australia.
"Hopefully I can try and get over to play for Surrey at
some stage, but if not be ready for Test matches in September."
The Pakistan Cricket Board have not confirmed the Test series
for the UAE and are likely to be attempting to wrangle Cricket Australia into
agreeing to play some white ball cricket in Pakistan itself as opposed to the
Pakistan are eager to bring cricket back to the country
having staged T20Is in both Lahore and Karachi while planning to bring Test
cricket back in the near future.
Marsh meanwhile is on the road to recovery having endured
his second winter surgery in successive years after having his shoulder
repaired after the Test series in India in 2017.
He is perhaps the strongest candidate to take over from
David Warner as the Test vice-captain after the banning of skipper Steve Smith
and his deputy alongside Cameron Bancroft after the sandpaper/ball-tampering