Hopes up for Marsh to re­turn

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

AUS­TRALIA are grow­ing in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent Mitchell Marsh will be fit to take his part in next week’s piv­otal third Test.

The in-form all-rounder tweaked his groin in the loss in Port El­iz­a­beth but Aus­tralia be­lieve nine days of re­cov­ery be­tween matches should be enough for Marsh to prove his fit­ness.

It’s pos­si­ble Aus­tralia could still add a cover player to the squad in the case of emer­gency, but last night no pro­vi­sions had yet been made.

Marsh has be­come a vi­tal cog in Aus­tralia’s line-up af­ter strong con­tri­bu­tions in five back-to-back Test matches.

Brother Shaun said he was proud of his brother’s trans­for­ma­tion since se­ri­ous shoul­der surgery last year and is back­ing the big right-han­der to re­cover from this lat­est set­back.

“I think the prog­no­sis is pretty good. I think the break has come at a re­ally good time. We’ve got 10 days in be­tween games and it gives him a re­ally good chance to get some re­cov­ery in and we’re pretty hope­fully Mitch will be right for the Cape Town Test match,” said Shaun Marsh.

“He’s done fan­tas­ti­cally well since he’s come back in. I reckon it’s the best I’ve seen him bat through his ca­reer.”

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