"We wanted to bring in someone who is experienced at global level, can bat at the top of the order and can play in all three formats of the game, and Shaun ticks all of those boxes for us".
Glenn Maxwell's late inclusion in the Ashes squad might be to cover for an injury concern.but not just David Warner's.
But the 27-year-old insisted he would be ready for the moment when he hopes he is called upon by England - whenever that might be in the coming weeks.
"As I said, Davey's confident that he'll be OK", Smith said. "He's very confident and he says he'll be right to go", ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith, as saying.
"Jake has bowled well when he's had opportunities on the tour and the way he goes about things on these surfaces could be really challenging for the Australians", skipper Joe Root said.
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Hugh Morris, Glamorgan's director of cricket, said: "We wanted to bring in someone who is experienced at global level, can bat at the top of the order and can play in all three formats of the game, and Shaun ticks all of those boxes for us". Guys have injuries now and then.
After Smith's news conference, Australia confirmed a call-up for Maxwell who was seen as cover for Warner. You have little niggles and he's confident that he'll be okay.
"There is a lot of exciting young talent at the club, and hopefully I can put in some good performances so we can bring some silverware to Wales".
Left-hander Marsh has played 23 Tests, 52 one-day Internationals and 15 Twenty20 games for Australia and is in the 13-man squad for the start of this year's Ashes series. He even joked that Warner might even adopt West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul's unusual stance if need be.
All indications from the tourists' camp are that Ball will play in Brisbane, preferred to the uncapped Craig Overton as England's fourth seamer.