Marsh will­ing and able

Timely ton shows he can step in if Rogers is out

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

SHAUN Marsh yesterday scored a sec­ond hun­dred from as many tour matches to show he is ready for the third Test in Birm­ing­ham should opener Chris Rogers be un­avail­able.

Rogers must prove his fit­ness for Edg­bas­ton af­ter suf­fer­ing dizzy spells at Lord’s caused by be­ing hit on the head by a short ball.

Marsh re­placed Rogers at the top of the or­der when the 37- year- old was ruled out of the two Tests in the West Indies last month with con­cus­sion, and he is in the frame for another call- up.

Like Marsh, David Warner re­tired af­ter mak­ing 101 on day one of the three- day match against Der­byshire.

The dis­carded Shane Wat­son made a dash­ing 61 as Aus­tralia reached 9- 413 at stumps.

Peter Nevill is in the box seat to re­tain his place for the third Test, af­ter he was picked to keep wicket in Der­byshire’s first in­nings and bat ahead of Brad Haddin ( 32).

It is Haddin’s first match since miss­ing the Lord’s Test be­cause of per­sonal rea­sons.

Although he outscored Nevill ( 1), in­di­ca­tions sug­gest he is go­ing to strug­gle to re­gain his spot aged 37.

Warner’s cen­tury off 108 balls with 13 fours and one six was com­fort­ably the in­nings of the day, but Marsh’s was the most en­cour­ag­ing for se­lec­tors who will be sweat­ing on Rogers’ avail­abil­ity.

“Def­i­nitely my mind­set over the last cou­ple of weeks has been that I’m ready to go if there’s an op­por­tu­nity down the track and it’s just good to get out there to­day and hit a few balls in the mid­dle,’’ Marsh said.

“I’ve just got to keep it go­ing now. I felt that as my in­nings went on I got bet­ter, so it was nice to get three fig­ures. I feel re­ally com­fort­able with where my game is at the mo­ment.”

Marsh, 32, scored 114 against Kent in Can­ter­bury in the tour opener and fol­lowed up with a chance­less 101 off 177 balls, with 14 fours and a six.

The left- han­der put on 78 for the fourth wicket with brother Mitchell, who made 53 off 81 balls.

“I thought Mitch did re­ally well last week ( in the Lord’s Test), es­pe­cially with the ball,” Marsh said of his brother.

Cap­tain Michael Clarke ( 16) and Adam Vo­ges ( 1) did not get the time in the mid­dle they were seek­ing.

“He’ll be fine. He’s a class player,” Marsh said of Clarke. “He’s been a world- class player for a num­ber of years, so a big one is just around the cor­ner for ‘ Pup’, so no wor­ries there.”

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