"He might've been able to bowl a couple of overs here or there".
"Mitch has worked his backside off actually for the last six or seven months", Paine said. He had a choice to make, either to sulk about it or to do something about it, and Mitch at the moment is as fit as we've seen him.
"You've still got to perform whether you're young or you're a veteran, but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school and hopefully they'll come through at some point".
There was some irony to Marsh taking Head's place, since Head had himself replaced Marsh as one of the team's vice-captains in January. the deputy leadership has been thrown around like a touch football over the past year, pin-balling between Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Head and Pat Cummins. Coach Justin Langer admitted that Head was "disappointed" to be dropped, but said the team needs an "extra bowling (option) after a long series".
"Yes, it was certainly discussed but over the last three or four years, one of the things we've spoken about is that we really want to give everyone an opportunity to prove themselves", he added.
Root has made three ducks in the series and averages 30 but played down suggestions his batting had suffered because of being captain.
The England and Wales Cricket Board also said Ben Stokes will bat but not bowl in the match because of a shoulder injury.
England are trying to avoid a home series defeat by Australia for the first time since 2001.
England have again kept faith with the same group of players for the fifth Test at The Oval although Bayliss says changes were considered.
"We'll keep looking at different ways to get him out and trying different things", Root said in his pre-match press conference. James Anderson could have walked off the field for the final time and held aloft the ball which had taken his 600th Test wicket, while Joe Root lifted the urn which he lost in Australia in December 2017.
'We've got a chance to level this series and make it slightly better than it looks right now.
"We spoke a lot about how we felt we needed to change the way we picked our attacks over in England".