Shaun Marsh ready to open the innings for Australia in Test cricket

Shaun Marsh ready to open the innings for Australia in Test cricket

"I’ve scored runs at the top of the order, I’ve scored runs in the middle order," he quoted.

Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh celebrates after reaching his century. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Veteran Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has been around for a very long time in the Australian cricket circuit now. Marsh, who had started off as a hard hitting batsman, has settled as a very effective middle-order batsman in the recent times. He has been particularly impressive in the longest format of the game. The recent sandpaper gate has rocked Australia severely.

The impact has been so immense that the top three slots in the batting order are up for grabs in the Test lineup. While many feel this is a big void to fill, the newly appointed Australian head coach Justin Langer reckons it is a perfect opportunity for others to step up.

And now, it is apparent that Shaun Marsh is willing to step up big time. He recently conceded that he does not mind opening the batting for the side. He cited that he has been shuffling around with his batting positions across the three formats of the game for quite some time now. He has accumulated runs as an opener and also as a middle-order batsman.

“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,” Shaun Marsh quoted as per the quotes in 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,” he added further.

Good run at all positions

It is worth noting that Shaun Marsh has tasted success as an opener. In the IPL 2008, he was the leading run getter. In Test matches, he has a ton to his name against Sri Lanka whilst batting as an opener. He averages 42 with the bat as an opener. On the other hand, he has hit two centuries in his last 9 matches when he has batted in the middle order for his side.

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