Western Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has admitted that he was checking his cell phone in the lead-up to the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval but he clarified he wasn’t doing that, expecting a call-up from the selectors for the Test match.
Instead, Marsh was checking out some of the hilarious videos that were doing the rounds on social media, calling for his return to the Australian team in the wake of injuries to David Warner (abductor) and Will Pucovski (concussion) and a slump in form of Joe Burns.
One of the videos that went viral on Twitter was from the 2008 edition of the Royal Rumble where Shaun Marsh morphed into John Cena enters the arena amid rapturous applause from the crowd with Virat Kohli’s face photoshopped on Triple-H’s body bearing a stunned look.
“There were certainly no phone calls. I probably wasn’t expecting one either, to be honest. A few funny videos were beingeing thrown around. I got a few from a few of my mates back home, which were quite funny. But there were certainly no phone calls from anyone. I’m purely focused on playing well down here for the [Melbourne] Renegades [in the BBL].” Shaun Marsh told ESPNCricinfo.
Marsh has been in prolific form in the ongoing Shield season for Western Australia, racking up as many as three hundreds and a half-century.
But, having not played Test cricket since January 2019 and no International cricket since Australia’s 2019 World Cup encounter against Sri Lanka, Shaun Marsh concedes that his international days are over and he is currently focussed on doing well for his BBL side Melbourne Renegades and ending the Shield season on a high for Western Australia.
”I’m 37 now. I haven’t played for a few years in Test cricket. As I said, I wasn’t expecting a phone call and I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at. [I’m] trying to play as well as I can for the Renegades for the next six weeks and getting back to WA after that and finishing off the Shield season. I guess that’s where it’s at for me at the moment,” Shaun Marsh said.