Shaun Marsh Ready to Open the Batting for Australia in Tests

Published - 06 Jun 2018, 06:02 PM | Updated - 22 Sep 2018, 02:42 PM

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Shaun Marsh says he is open to batting at any position for Australia in Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Veteran Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, after securing a place in the national Test team in the middle order has stated he is comfortable to open the batting for Australia if required later in the year.

The top three batting spots in the national team are up for grabs. It is because of former skipper Steven Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft facing bans.

While the senior players were handed one-year suspension, Bancroft got suspended for nine months. They were given suspensions for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in March against South Africa.

It must be noted that Bancroft and Warner opened the batting for Australia in eight consecutive Tests before they were handed suspensions.

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Justin Langer has filled the coaching role following the resignment of Darren Lehmann following the fiasco. Marsh stated he is ready to open the batting if his captain wants him to start the innings. Marsh has been pretty flexible in his batting order. He has been a prolific-run scorer at the top of the order.

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I have been flexible in the batting order

“I’ve been pretty flexible over the years, I’ve scored runs at the top of the order, I’ve scored runs in the middle order. It’s a fair way away. I just want to put my focus and energy on the next few months for Australia and Glamorgan,” Marsh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“It’s a fair way away. I just want to put my focus and energy on the next few months for Australia and Glamorgan. If the captain did want (me to open), then I’d feel comfortable, but we’ll see what happens,” added Marsh.

The stylish stroke-player is in London for the limited-overs series against England. Marsh has opened the batting for Australia in nine innings. It includes a century against Sri Lanka back in 2016.

However, Marsh has scored the majority of runs at No 5 and No six position. He has scored a couple of centuries at an average of 42. He played nine consecutive Tests during the 2017-18 season.

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Marsh has outshone young contenders for No. 6 spot. Photo Credit: AFP.

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