The left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh, who has spent most of his career playing first-class cricket is well-known with all the early-seasons selection hype.
Considering he has been in and out of that Australia side for quite some time now, the classy southpaw was destined for much more. However, things took a wrong turn as he failed to make a cut for the Bangladesh tour squad and was also not offered another Cricket Australia contract.
However, the 34-year-old cricketer has responded to all the critics with a bag full of runs and is once again back in the frame of national selectors. March has piled up 678 runs in nine innings with a healthy average of 96.86 in the past few weeks including Thursday’s knock of 63 runs against Tasmania in the first Sheffield Shield match.
He has scored runs in all parts of Australia proving that is he is in red-hot form right now. Unsurprisingly, March has got the vocal support of his Western Australia coach and former Australia opener Justin Langer as well as his state teammate Hilton Cartwright with whom he will be fighting for the no. six spot.
“I’m just trying to score as many runs as I can for WA, and we’ll see where it takes me over the next little period. If I score runs, you never know,” Marsh told cricket.com.au when asked about his chances of making the squad for the Ashes series.
Marsh highly benefitted from his first-class stint with Yorkshire in England playing in different conditions when Peter Handscomb was given the nod ahead for the Bangladesh tour.
He started his campaign with a low score of 22 runs following it up with an unbeaten 125 runs and 78 runs in his final show for his side.
“Over there you’re playing on wickets that do a fair bit. I certainly picked up a few bits and pieces but just batting on wickets were a challenge, they were a little bit slower, and it just made you watch the ball and really knuckle down, and then come back here and try and replicate that. It seems to be working OK at the moment,” Marsh who has represented Australia in 23 Test matches said.
With national team Darren Lehman changing the no. 6 spot from picking an all-rounder to a proper batsman, Marsh is one of the contenders keeping his form in mind. When asked about his thought on playing the Ashes,
“Absolutely, (playing in the Ashes) would be an amazing feeling,” he added. “I’ve obviously experienced it over in England, playing the one Test match, but just being associated in an Ashes series was an amazing feeling and you can just tell how big and how much it means to the players and the fans and everyone involved in it, so yeah, it would be nice,” the veteran concluded.