Posted by: nestaquin | April 22, 2009

Shaun Marsh’s Comeback Stalls at the First Hurdle

shaun marshIn his return match from a hamstring injury Australian opening bat Shaun Marsh has again aggravated the muscle putting his hopes for the World T20 and selection in the Ashes squad in serious doubt.

Stretching for a quick single in Australia’s slow start in the first Chapal Cup match in Dubai, Marsh pulled up lame and immediately signalled the dressing room for assistance. He batted on in some discomfort until run out for a disappointing 16 when his runner Nathan Hauritz was caught short of the crease attempting what should have been a comfortable three.

It is a terrible blow for the talented West Australian and his injury will give the selectors a headache.

Do they give an opportunity to David Warner or Phillip Hughes, recall Ponting or Mike Hussey and ask Watson or Clarke to open, or endeavour to give someone in form but on the fringe like Victorian Rob Quiney a run?

Are there other contenders? Marcus North? Or should they even bother with a replacement considering David Hussey is carrying towels and drinks at the moment?


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  2. its really a bad blow to him as well as ozies…

    now that they have to call in one player…what about raunchie…? haddin can play as specialist batsman?

  3. The way they batted today Straight perhaps one replacement is overly optimistic.

    As for Ronchi I’d suspect his only slim chance of selection is if Haddin is injured or suspended. He also did not play well last domestic summer and was dropped by Moody towards the end of the season.

    He may not even play state cricket next summer unless his form improves considerably.

  4. That’s another collapse, which are coming as quickly as England’s these days. I haven’t seen it, but it must be a while since Afridi ran through a side.

    Hughes has to be given his chance now doesn’t he?

    • He’s busy learning/making tons in England Toots….

      • Japa – True and to the keen appreciation of us Brits. I just wonder about the Aus attitude though. Leaving players like Punter and MJ out is understandable given the schedule, but surely Hughes is worth a place in the squad? Don’t Aus want to win (or want to win enough?)

        • l’m really not sure they do want to win enough – the level of interest and coverage here is very close to zero. l think we (Aus cricket) are all just exhausted after a very long Summer, a never ending SA tour and the annual 4000 one day games per year…. Very low key IPL (boring IMO) also. Many l know using the time to really throw themselves into the new footy season (AFL) or NRL for others l guess…Pre-Ashes all taking the chance to draw breath?

          • Perfectly understandable – but intensity, once gone, is hard to summon again. And very unAustralian.

            • I think they want to win just as much as always. Maybe they are kidding themselves that it doesn’t matter so much. But it really does. It’s a coping strategy. A denial of waning powers. Of course this is all conjecture, but enjoyable nevertheless.

              • Except Pete that they (we) are not playing our best side?! Surely a sign of a lack of weight on the series? Albeit mixed with l think the one day side is in a distinct rebuild that is behind the test side.

              • Well I’m not that interested in the series as well. But there are plenty of people in the squad that have careers to boost or resurrect. It appears from the commentary that Bollinger was very impressive.

  5. hey nesta, blogrolled ya.

    Lack of Marsh means another blow to already pissing off aussies.

    Why not try Marcus North or Phil Hughes in ODIs ?

    i am not sure abt their ODI credentials but then they would mean some fresh blood n some much needed victories…..

  6. I’d prefer Hughes stayed at Middlesex. Time to give big Mark Cosgrove a run I’d say. he just scored a ton for Glamorgan. That fact that he isn’t as fit as some will probably mean he won’t get injured, ironically. But maybe the fitness Nazis around the team will likely not think is the right condition to play. And apparently he keeps a messy bedroom, which is a sackable offence nowadays.

  7. bad syntax, feel free to correct it

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