Shaun Marsh not thinking about Test recall


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    Shaun Marsh’s strong start to the domestic cricket season could gain Australian selectors’ attention but the batsman is adamant a Test recall isn’t front of mind.

    Marsh has scored 132no and 88 to help Western Australia sit atop the one-day domestic competition standings after wins over Victoria and NSW.

    But the 34-year-old’s national team prospects appear slight after he lost his Cricket Australia contract this year having averaged 19 on the four-match tour of India.

    Marsh played county cricket in England with Yorkshire this year but said adding to his tally of 23 Tests with a berth in the Ashes isn’t his motivation.

    “It’s something that I haven’t really thought about, to be honest,” Marsh told Perth radio 6PR.

    “I did lose my contract and was out of the Test team. I guess they said to me the door’s not shut.

    “But it’s something I haven’t really thought about. I’ve gone away just to enjoy my cricket and I had a fantastic time up in England.

    “I’m just looking forward to playing some good cricket for WA, see where that takes me.”

    Marsh’s Test career has also been hindered by persistent injuries, including when he started last summer’s Test series against South Africa strongly before being ruled out of the next two Tests with a broken finger.

    But he believes his stint in England has him fit.

    “(I’ve) come back with some match practice under my belt so I felt really good leading into this competition,” he said.

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    • October 3rd 2017 @ 8:43am
      Curious George said | October 3rd 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      Good. He should not. His test time is over.

      Move on to the future.

      I am talking Carey. Not Wade. Carey.

    • October 3rd 2017 @ 9:15am
      AGordon said | October 3rd 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      He’s 34, he’s had his time, he should continue to enjoy his cricket and help the players coming through. The selectors need to chose someone for the Test side at 6 who is consistent and hopefully much younger. Ditto with the keeper

    • Roar Guru

      October 3rd 2017 @ 11:15am
      Ryan H said | October 3rd 2017 @ 11:15am | ! Report

      Looks in good touch, but he generally does at domestic level. Is 34; they really shouldn’t be going back to S.Marsh now unless there’s a couple of injuries to top-six bats. Struggle to see how he plays any further test cricket.

    • Roar Guru

      October 3rd 2017 @ 2:59pm
      Chris Kettlewell said | October 3rd 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

      Unless they really needed a short-term stop-gap it’s probably unlikely he’d have much of a shot. If Khawaja or Renshaw got injured, or really did terribly in the first couple of tests (and Australia didn’t paper over those failures by winning anyway) then that’s probably his best chance of a recall. So it could still happen. I can imagine if, after 2-3 matches, Australia were either level, or behind, in the series and really needed wins in the last 2-3 matches and Khawaja or Renshaw were either injured or had major struggles with form, and Marsh just kept piling on the runs, I can imagine the selectors going for him over a younger, less proven player. That’s his main shot at this point.

    • October 3rd 2017 @ 6:41pm
      Shane Warner said | October 3rd 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

      Aus Selectors principles 101
      #1 pick anyone with Mitch or Marsh in their name
      #2 pick anyone from NSW shield side, in form or not
      #3 pick anyone who Mark Waugh likes

      • October 5th 2017 @ 1:37am
        Don Freo said | October 5th 2017 @ 1:37am | ! Report

        The Marshes don’t play for NSW. How does that stand up? Better to stick with talking cricket.

        Finch, Handscomb, Maxwell, NCN, Zampa, Faulkner, Richardson, Agar, Wade…where is the NSW or Marsh name there?

        • October 5th 2017 @ 9:37pm
          Shane Warner said | October 5th 2017 @ 9:37pm | ! Report

          Maybe they could field an all Marsh XI?
          Shaun Marsh (captain)
          Geoff Marsh
          Dan Marsh
          Nathan HindMarsh
          Cassius Marsh
          Henry Marsh
          Mitchell Marsh
          Rodney Marsh (keeper)
          Malcolm Marshall
          Narcissus Marsh
          P.J. Marsh

          • October 5th 2017 @ 10:57pm
            Don Freo said | October 5th 2017 @ 10:57pm | ! Report

            What point do you think you are making? Some of those people don’t exist. One is dead. Where’s the humour? What’s the point? This is a cricket comment site.

    • October 3rd 2017 @ 10:20pm
      Matth said | October 3rd 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

      I actually think he would be our first reserve for any of the top 5 spots at this point, given he would be coming in half way through an Ashes series, under pressure.

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