‘Shaun of the Dead’ look about Marsh

The Weekend Post - - Sport - RICHARD EARLE

SHAUN Marsh’s feast or famine Test ride con­tin­ues to po­larise opin­ion but the vet­eran is now un­der se­ri­ous pres­sure to per­form.

Marsh is ca­pa­ble of the thrilling and frus­trat­ing in equal mea­sure but his six Test cen­turies and nine 50s in 35 Tests have been off­set by a se­ries of fail­ures.

The 35-year-old capped the worst run of scores un­der 10 by an Aus­tralian top-five bats- man for 130 years when he fell to neme­sis Ravi Ash­win yesterday.

Marsh dragged a wide and full Ash­win de­liv­ery onto his stumps from the fi­nal ball of the first over af­ter lunch.

“Full credit to Ash­win and Vi­rat Kohli. There was for­tune in­volved but the field was set per­fectly, the car­rot was dan­gled and he bit it nicely,” for­mer Eng­land skip­per Michael Vaughan said on Fox Sports.

“So of­ten in the mod­ern era you see the field drop deep for the spin­ners and they al­low easy sin­gles, par­tic­u­larly for bats­man that first come to the crease. He bowled it slower and wider and said to Shaun Marsh ‘play the big shot’.

“I don’t care how good you are when you first get the crease, you are vul­ner­a­ble. His eyes lit up and saw the bound­ary, good tac­tics.”

Ash­win has claimed Marsh five times in Tests at an av­er­age of 1.6.

Marsh has been dis­missed for 7, 7, 0, 3, 4 and 2 dat­ing back to the Wan­der­ers Test against South Africa in March.

Skip­per Tim Paine said Mitch Marsh was axed as the all-rounder’s num­bers didn’t stack up and his older sib­ling must de­liver in the sec­ond in­nings to keep his spot.

De­prived of Steve Smith and David Warner, Aus­tralian coach Justin Langer keeps faith with Marsh.

How­ever, the West­ern Aus­tralian’s ner­vous starts have con­trib­uted to 26 Test dis­missals for less than 10.

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