Shaun Marsh of Western Australia celebrates his half century during day one of the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and Western Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Saturday, November 2, 2019. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Shaun Marsh of Western Australia celebrates his half century during day one of the Marsh Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and Western Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane, Saturday, November 2, 2019. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Runs flowing but Marsh senses Test time could be up

Shaun Marsh couldn't help a wry smile when the inevitable question of his Test prospects popped up again this week.

 

The 36-year-old averages 78.60 for Western Australia this summer following another 50 against Queensland at the Gabba last weekend but his omission from Justin Langer's Australia A squad has seemingly closed the door on yet another comeback at international level.

 

So when asked for the umpteenth time whether his form warranted a recall, Marsh's practised response re-emerged.

 

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Shaun Marsh is happy leading his youthful Western Australia side at the moment.
Shaun Marsh is happy leading his youthful Western Australia side at the moment.

"Look to be honest I haven't really thought about it," Marsh said.

 

"There's a lot of good young players out there playing well so yeah, that's where it sort of lays with me."

 

Marsh's batting has long been the subject of debate with many deriding his Test average of 34.31 and lack of big scores (six hundreds from 68 innings) but there's little doubt he remains a force in domestic cricket.

 

The left-hander passed 500 domestic games earlier this month, faced his 22,000th first-class delivery earlier this week and averages 41.27 across all formats - impressive numbers at the least.

 

So for now, Marsh is happy to simply play it out with a view to securing a maiden Sheffield Shield title with his beloved Warriors, whose last success came back in 1999.

 

"I'm enjoying cricket at the moment, I love playing for WA and it's been nice to get a few runs," he said.

 

Shaun Marsh has started the domestic season on fire.
Shaun Marsh has started the domestic season on fire.

"The guys are playing some good cricket even though we were a little disappointing in that game but to come away (with a draw) was really important for this young group.

 

"We've obviously got a really big challenge next week against New South Wales so that'll give us a lot of confidence today going into that game."

 

Meanwhile, Queensland have named a revamped squad for next week's four-day clash with Victoria featuring uncapped quick Blake Edwards, two-game all rounder Nathan McSweeney and the returning Matthew Renshaw.