Num­bers a worry for vet­eran

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - – RICHARD EARLE

SHAUN Marsh’s feast or famine Test ride con­tin­ues to po­larise but his­tory sug­gests the vet­eran is un­der se­ri­ous pres­sure to con­tinue his baggy green jour­ney.

Marsh is ca­pa­ble of thrilling and frus­trat­ing in equal mea­sure but the gap be­tween his six tons, nine half-cen­turies and fail­ures have been a mill­stone over 35 Tests.

Marsh, 35, capped the worst run of scores un­der 10 runs by an Aus­tralian top five bats­man for 130 years with a pedes­trian exit to In­dian neme­sis Ravi Ash­win in the sec­ond ses­sion on Fri­day.

Marsh is the first Aus­tralian bats­man in the top five to make six con­sec­u­tive sin­gle­fig­ure scores since Ge­orge Bon­nor in 1888. Marsh has been dis­missed for 7, 7, 0, 3, 4 and 2 stretch­ing back to the Wan­der­ers Test against South Africa in March.

Bon­nor never played again af­ter mak­ing a duck – his 10th score un­der 10 – at Old Traf­ford when caught by WG Grace off bril­liant Eng­land all­rounder Bobby Peel.

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

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