Bat­ting key to Marsh Test re­call

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MITCHELL Marsh has vowed to treat his pro­longed bowl­ing lay-off as a bless­ing in dis­guise as he fights to re­claim his Aus­tralian Test spot on re­turn from a shoul­der in­jury.

Marsh hasn’t bowled since he was sent home in­jured from Aus­tralia’s tour of In­dia in March and un­der­went a full shoul­der re­con­struc­tion.

He’s un­likely to re­turn with the ball un­til late De­cem­ber or Jan­uary in the Big Bash, mean­ing he will play the first half of this sum­mer’s Sh­effield Shield as a bats­man.

But the 25-year-old is hop­ing that could work to ben­e­fit his bat­ting, which has fallen un­der the mi­cro­scope of crit­ics in re­cent years.

“It’s ob­vi­ously gives me a chance to work on my bat­ting, which has been great,” Marsh said.

“As soon as I’m right to go I’ll al­ways be an all-rounder as long as I play cricket.

“But at the end of the day if I’m go­ing to play cricket for Aus­tralia I have to be the sixth best bats­man for Aus­tralia bat­ting at No.6. So I un­der­stand that.”

Aus­tralia has cy­cled through all-rounders Hil­ton Cartwright and Glenn Maxwell in the past year.

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