A tremendous innings from Shaun Marsh has put Australia in a strong position in the second Ashes Test Match and rewarded the National Selection Panel’s illogical decision to recall him to the team.
In his two tests back in the baggy green, Marsh could have done little more to repay the selectors unwavering faith. After his valuable 51 in a 99-run partnership with Steve Smith at the Gabba helped keep Australia in the game, he has produced another steadying hand when Australia needed it in the second test.
Having navigating the difficult after dinner session on Day 1, Marsh was both watchful an elegant as he went about strengthening his team’s position on Day 2. Scoring all around the wicket, the 34-year-old produced the kind of innings worthy of Trevor Hohns assertion pre-series that he was in good form.
Having been so vocally opposed to Marsh’s initial recall, it is only right that we take the time to applaud the manner in which he has gone about retaining his position. While still questioning of the selectors logic and in opposition to an approach that sees them place more value on hunches than runs and wickets, we hope he continues to prosper from his opportunity.
His fifth Test Century, the question on his position has never been one of ability but one of consistency. Having made 25 scores less than 20 in his 44 Test Innings, it will be in the next few Tests that he will ultimately prove whether he belongs at this level.
On the back of these two innings he has given himself the best opportunity. The first Australian to score an Ashes Century at number six since Marcus North at Headingly in 2009, he will now bat with the confidence that comes from knowing the position is his to lose. Let’s hope he continues to prosper.