Marsh willing and able
Timely ton shows he can step in if Rogers is out
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.”