Marsh hope­ful ab­scess prob­lem be­hind him: Carey

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Aus­tralia bats­man Shaun Marsh is hope­ful of play­ing in the se­cond one-day in­ter­na­tional against South Africa to­mor­row after hav­ing surgery on an ab­scess on his but­tock, team­mate Alex Carey said yes­ter­day.

Marsh missed the six-wicket thrash­ing by South Africa in the se­ries-opener in Perth on Sun­day due to the prob­lem, with Ben McDer­mott brought into the squad as cover.

“He is pretty pos­i­tive that he’ll be right for Fri­day,” vice-cap­tain Carey told re­porters in Ade­laide.

“Shaun ob­vi­ously (in the) last se­ries over in Eng­land was sen­sa­tional, he scored two hun­dreds for us.

“So for SOS (Marsh) to come in at three and prob­a­bly play a bit of an an­chor role around some of those top or­der ex­plo­sive play­ers... it’s a lit­tle bit of sta­bil­ity up the top, hope­fully.”

Aus­tralia were skit­tled for 152 by South Africa’s for­mi­da­ble at­tack and slumped to their 17th de­feat in 19 matches, rais­ing alarm bells only seven months out from their World Cup de­fence in Eng­land.

The team has also had to battle dis­trac­tions caused by a scathing cul­tural re­view into Cricket Aus­tralia com­mis­sioned in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal.

Cricket pun­dits have lined up to put the boot into Aaron Finch’s team and their brit­tle bat­ting or­der, but Carey said the side were primed to turn a cor­ner.

“We’re re­ally con­fi­dent still, ob­vi­ously the con­di­tions were quite tough over there (in Perth) but that’s no ex­cuse,” said the wick­et­keeper-bats­man.

“The work we’re do­ing off the field with JL (coach Justin Langer) and the play­ers com­ing in, we’re do­ing so much good stuff and it’s go­ing to start to show.”

Aus­tralia went with a four­pronged pace at­tack in Perth but it was un­able to do much to halt South Africa’s charge to vic­tory, and the hosts are likely to bring in a spin­ner for Ade­laide.

South Aus­tralia legspin­ner Adam Zampa will be a chance to bowl on his home wicket if se­lec­tors over­look left-arm spin­ner Ash­ton Agar.

“If it’s Zampa, if it’s Agar, if it’s the same four quicks, I def­i­nitely think we have got the bowl­ing at­tack to go through South Africa,” said Carey.

“Ob­vi­ously the bat­ters, hope­fully, get a few more runs on the board.

“But Adam Zampa (on his) home deck, I’m sure he’s re­ally ex­cited and hope­ful to be in the side.”

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