Addition of Rod Marsh will boost Australian Test team

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    The arrival of Rodney Marsh in India to replace John Inverarity as a selector for the last two Test matches will be a morale boost to the beleaguered baggy greens.

    The former Test keeper-batsman was a no-nonsense player and he’ll bring the same attitude to the selection table, joining skipper Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur.

    His first duty must be taking over the media conferences so cricket fans don’t cop quotes like these from Arthur.

    “Usman Khawja and Steven Smith have got to come into reckoning at some stage,” Arthur said.

    “We’d be silly if we didn’t think about the best top six combination.

    “Whether it’s both Khawaja and Smithplay, whether one plays, or none play I’m not 100 percent sure, but they’ve got to come very much into our thinking.”

    Or the axing of offie Nathan Lyon, first choice spinner since Sri Lanka 2011, and who took only one more Test than Shane Warne to capture 50 wickets:

    “He has technical problems,” said the Australian coach.

    “We have persisted with him because we put a lot of faith in Nathan, but there came a point when we felt he needed to be out of the team to sort out what we think he should be working on.”

    Can any Roarer make any sense out of those two quotes?

    Then there’s Shane Watson, is he returning home for the birth of his first child, or not. For the past fortnight that’s been an ongoing story, and now nothing.

    To further cloud the issues, Don Argus, the author of the Argus Review that has caused so much controversy and bitter debate, has proudly predicted Australia is on track to regain the world number one Test ranking by 2015.

    How can he possibly say that after two serious floggings?

    Argus is rightfully rated one of Australia’s most successful and astute businessmen, but business acumen and what happens in the middle during a Test match are hardly in sync.

    There’s one thing about Rod Marsh he won’t sweep anything under the carpet, he tells the facts warts and all.

    Now that will be a breath of fresh air.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • March 7th 2013 @ 4:09pm
      Varun said | March 7th 2013 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

      Agree David, marsh will bring a tough attitude which is needed, hopefully it leads to khawaja coming into the batting and starc/Lyon in the bowling

    • March 7th 2013 @ 4:37pm
      Hairy Pear said | March 7th 2013 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

      I am a big fan of Rod MArsh & he was the type of tough player this team is lacking. It will be interesting to see if he can get Clarke to stop picking his mates for the last 2 tests.

      • March 7th 2013 @ 8:55pm
        Manoj said | March 7th 2013 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

        Lets hope you are right

    • March 7th 2013 @ 4:55pm
      Chaos said | March 7th 2013 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

      As if Rod Marsh hasn’t been part of the discussion in selecting the first two tests teams… There is a thing called Skype.

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        March 7th 2013 @ 5:03pm
        David Lord said | March 7th 2013 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

        Of course he has Chaos, but this time he’s in the chair, and hands on. Big diff.

    • March 7th 2013 @ 5:09pm
      Lancey5times said | March 7th 2013 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

      What a smart bunch we have at CA. We get belted in the first 2 tests and realise that we are lacking something. Answer? Send over a selector. What about a couple of determined batsman and a wicketkeeper

      • March 8th 2013 @ 10:41am
        matt h said | March 8th 2013 @ 10:41am | ! Report

        Well he might be able to come in and keep

    • March 7th 2013 @ 5:16pm
      ken oldman said | March 7th 2013 @ 5:16pm | ! Report

      The only “morale boost’ and the “breath of fresh air”,may be a more relaxed and positive dressing room that a few extra cartons of the amber fluid would bring ,courtesy of R.M.

    • March 7th 2013 @ 5:22pm
      Brian said | March 7th 2013 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

      I struggle to see how it really matters. The squad is unchanged. The selectors erred leaving SOK at home and erred again playing 4 paceman in the First Test.

      The other problems are terrible succession planning with regards to middle order batsman and spinners.

      Mind you just saw the score from NZ-Eng the Ashes are within reach it would seem

      • March 7th 2013 @ 6:16pm
        Julian said | March 7th 2013 @ 6:16pm | ! Report

        I’m not sure Rod Marsh flying to India is a panacea for our current woes. England on the other hand, reigning supreme after conquering India, are being made to look pedestrian by 2 Kiwi debutants. Funny game this cricket. Hughes will probably be our top Ashes run getter, Lyon and Johnson will claim 30 wickets and Cowan will score back to back hundreds.

      • March 8th 2013 @ 12:11am
        Grover said | March 8th 2013 @ 12:11am | ! Report

        Ignoring the fact that NZ beat us in Australia…

        • March 8th 2013 @ 8:40am
          Julian said | March 8th 2013 @ 8:40am | ! Report

          True they beat us in Hobart, but we threw that match away. They didn’t win the series though. What’s pleasing is that England are being comprehensively outplayed by their less fancied rivals. Early days though I concede.

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