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Will Shaun Marsh finally stand up?

The talented left-hander has consistently flattered to deceive.



Its about time the elder Marsh fulfilled his immense potential. Credit: SEN

When the Chappell brothers get together for Christmas, and their Mum says 'The best cricketer please take a seat first', Greg immediately sits down. 'Second best...' Ian takes a seat and then Trevor.


When the Waugh brothers get together at Christmas and their Mum says the same thing, they both fight over who sits down before Steve, showing more tenacity and determination, sits first. Mark then gives the appearance he wasn't all that fussed about sitting first anyway.


When Geoff, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh get together, the lady of the house says the same thing, 'the best cricketer please sit first...,’ they all stare at each wondering who she is talking to.


It is time for Shaun Marsh to not only be the best cricketer in the Marsh family, but to be the cricketer he needs to be for Australia.


When you look at Shaun Marsh, you see a cricketer with a fluent style and sound technique, so what is with the under achievement?


His career got off to a great start. A century on debut followed by an 81. In Adam Gilchrist's first two tests he also made an 81, and then a century. However where as Gilchrist went from strength to strength in test cricket, fellow sandgroper Marsh has been in and out of the Australian team more than anyone else in recent times.



Shaun Marsh had a great start to his Test career, scoring a century on debut. Image: Cricket Australia

His top score of 182 against a meek West Indies team when he and Adam Voges had little more than a mid wicket practice session against a disinterested team has been his highlight on home soil.


So can Shaun Marsh finally deliver in a big home series?


23 tests with an average of 36.00 is not good enough to be a top order batsman for Australia. Not in a successful Australian team anyway. Is he capable of delivering more?


His supporters will say 'yes' sighting an uncomplicated technique that has been let down by a mental weakness of getting out a little too easily and softly, to be frank.


Sighting a stint watching Kumar Sangakkara closely as he dominated county bowlers over the English summer, Marsh is ready to put past disappointments to bed, with a big summer.


His detractors will point to a player who has never reached his potential and at 34, may not ever reach it. He can be a bit of a nicker, and in two separate series against India, and the start of his career and the most recent series he has managed 11 single figure scores in those two series alone. Simply too many failures. Shaun Marsh will play in only his second Ashes test, and being part of the ‘Stuart Broad 8/15’ spell in his only previous Ashes test wasn’t the ideal start for him. However he has a fresh start this time and he needs to grab the bull by the horns, because if this doesn’t work out, there will be no 9th recall for him.

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