Australian southpaw Shaun Marsh, who was all set to make a comeback to the Test side, might miss out on the Ashes opener due to a back problem, suggest reports. The 34-year-old’s injury is the second blow to Australia after opening batsman David Warner suffered a neck injury heading into the tournament.
Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell has been included in the squad as cover for both the injured batsmen for the first Ashes Test that begins tomorrow. (November 22)
When Marsh was included in the Ashes squad, many argued that it was unfair towards better performing players like Matthew Renshaw. But the left-hander had support from most veteran Australian players. A physically fit Marsh was expected to bat at No. 6, the most debated position in the Australian batting line-up.
"he’s a class player and a quality player"
“I can see why there’s all the talk about it, but at the end of the day. If you ask any First-Class player around the country if Shaun Marsh is playing at his best, he’s in the best six batsmen in the country. His body is good, so why wouldn’t you go for the best. He’s playing well, he is one of Australia’s best six batsmen, so let’s get him in there,” Michael Hussey told international media.
"And he is playing at his best at the moment"
Despite making his Test debut in 2011, Marsh has played only 23 Tests, being one of the most irregular players of the team. He has suffered hamstring and back injuries throughout his career.
Marsh topped the run-scoring charts in his debut season for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, but at the highest level, he has still not grabbed the limelight. If he doesn’t heal in the next 24 hours, we could see Glenn Maxwell at the crease in the Ashes opener.