Australian top order batsmen Shaun Marsh faces a race against the clock if he is any chance of being selected in the first test at the WACA next week.
The 33-year-old picked up a minor hamstring strain in the Matador Cup earlier this month, forcing him to sit out the remaining fixture and undergo numerous fitness tests before the start of Australia’s summer of cricket against South Africa. With this minor setback, Cricket Australia are expected to clear Marsh for the upcoming Sheffield Shield match against South Australia which starts today at the WACA, coincidentally the same venue that will host the first test between Australia and South Africa next week.
If Marsh can get through the game unscathed and produce a decent amount of runs off his own bat, he’d be a real chance to feature in Australia’s starting XI for the first test which is announced this Friday. Coming off back-to-back test centuries against the West Indies and Sri Lanka in August just recently, Marsh has more than earned his spot in the side which might put Joe Burns on the chopping block once again.
Marsh’s selection rests entirely on this upcoming Sheffield Shield match that kicks off today, giving the selectors something to keep a close eye on until Friday.
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