There was no room for Marsh, who hit his highest Test score of 182 in Australia's thumping innings and 212 run defeat of the Windies in the first Hobart Test. Pakistan-born Khawaja returns to the Australia side, reclaiming his No.3 spot after he was sidelined for the last two Tests with hamstring trouble.

Khawaja scored 174 and 121 in the first two Tests against New Zealand last month and proved his fitness with an explosive 109 off 70 balls in the Big Bash League Twenty20 series last weekend. It will otherwise be an unchanged side for Saturday's Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Australia are favoured to retain the Frank Worrell trophy against the struggling tourists.

Khawaja's recovery from injury created a selection showdown between Marsh and opener Joe Burns. The selectors opted for Burns, valuing continuity at the top of the order over Marsh's fantastic form in the first Test.

'Disappointing fielding'

Burns and Warner already have three partnerships of at least 100 runs and selectors are also looking ahead to the two-Test tour of New Zealand in February. Smith, who has been troubled by knee and hip soreness, had an extended hit in the nets on Christmas Day and struggled for fluency.

Smith said he is fully fit, with the extended break after the abbreviated three-day first Test allowing him to rest his niggles. Uncapped paceman Scott Boland, called into the squad following Nathan Coulter-Nile's shoulder injury, will be released to play in the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Smith, recently crowned ICC cricketer of the year, nominated fielding as one area his side needed to improve on after walloping the West Indies in Hobart.

Australia - David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Adam Voges, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

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