Australian Cricket team relied mostly on their experienced batsman Shaun Marsh in the absence of Steven Smith and David Warner, in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series. However, Marsh has failed to live up to the expectations, and as a result, Australia is staring at their first-ever series loss against India at home.
So far in the series, the southpaw has managed to score only 183 runs at an average of 26.1 with one innings to go. In addition to, he has only scored one fifty in the past 19 innings. As a result, many former greats have started to question his place in the playing XI including Ricky Ponting. However, Shaun Marsh admitted that he is working hard and is hopeful to score big in the second innings.
“Obviously it’s been a bit frustrating,” Marsh told Fox Cricket during the rain interval. “I haven’t been able to convert my starts into big scores which are disappointing but working hard and hopefully there is a big one in the second innings. “I’ve been getting myself in but just been getting out. At Test level, you have to be able to convert your starts into big scores and unfortunately, I haven’t done it this series,” he added.
Marsh not paying heed to criticism
However, despite being on the firing line, Marsh is not paying attention towards his critics and is keen on contributing when he comes out to bat in Australia’s second innings. He did get starts in Adelaide and Melbourne but couldn’t capitalise on them. Australia will desperately want their senior pro to get going in the second innings to avoid a defeat after Virat Kohli enforced a follow-on.
“I try not to read or listen to it too much,” Marsh said. “Obviously there is a lot of noise there, but I try and go about my business as normal and try and just keep working hard and hopefully tomorrow I can get some runs on the board. “I’m really lucky I’ve got a fantastic family back home and I’ve got a really good support base,” he concluded.