Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has said that the home side should move on from discarded veteran batsman Shaun Marsh and should not include him as a stop-gap arrangement for the Test series against India.
Shaun Marsh last played a Test match for Australia during the 2018-19 summer where he struggled to counter the Indian pace-attack. The talented 37-year-old managed just 1 half-century in seven innings and was eventually discarded from the set-up.
Marsh has not been named in the original squad for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy but with David Warner and Will Pucovski ruled due from the first Test due to groin injury and concussion respectively, and Joe Burns horribly out of form, there have been murmurs in the media and among pundits that the veteran batsman could well make a return.
Marsh has been prolific in the 2020/21 Sheffield Shield. The Western Australian has smashed three hundreds and an 88 but according to Brad Haddin should not go back to the 37-year-old and should look for someone else.
“I think Shaun Marsh’s time is done. The theatre around it sounds great. He has started the Sheffield Shield season in fine form, he’s played really well tonight but he’s 37 years of age. You’ve got to move on. Everyone wants him to play again for Australia because he is such a good person but I think we’ve got to look at someone else.” Brad Hadding told Fox Cricket.
‘He has had his opportunities’- Brett Lee on Shaun Marsh
Brad Haddin’s teammate and former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee also echoed the latters’ thought-process, adding that while Shaun Marsh looks good when he is on song, the 37-year-old has had enough opportunities in the past and it is time for Australia to move on.
“The hardest thing for me is when he is on, he is so good to watch. He has had his opportunities; he has had his chances. It’s probably been injury that has let him down rather than form,” Brett Lee said.
The first Test between Australia and India will take place at the Adelaide Oval on December 17.