Shaun Marsh’s Test career is all but over.
That’s the logical conclusion after Australian selectors snubbed the batsman from both the 17-man Test squad named today ahead of the four-match India series, and the 19-person Australia A squad to play practice games against the tourists.
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The 37-year-old has long been a player Aussie cricket fans love to hate, questioning why he has got so many chances wearing the baggy green while largely failing to deliver on his undoubted potential.
Marsh has been in unbelievable form in the Sheffield Shield, belting three centuries in four matches this season on his way to 485 runs at an average of 97.
Those numbers would be impossible to ignore from a younger man but that the selectors have left him out of both squads is surely a sign he won’t play another Test.
Marsh has played 38 Tests since debuting in 2011, struggling for consistency and finding himself in and out of the side. He last played against India in early 2019 and if he never makes another appearance, will finish with six centuries and an average of 34.31.
The West Australian isn’t the only one who will be fearing for his international future. Usman Khawaja was another seasoned campaigner who failed to make the cut for the Australia or Australia A squads.
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Shaun Marsh hasn’t been able to force his way in.Source:Getty Images
The top order batsman was dropped during last year’s Ashes series and subsequently cut from Australia’s list of contracted players earlier in 2020. Khawaja vowed to fight his way back into contention, adamant he was still one of the best six batsmen in the country — but that’s not how the selectors see it.
Although he made a sparkling 131 in his last Shield innings against South Australia, the left-hander hasn’t reached 50 in any of his four other innings for the season.
It comes after a horror 2019-20 Shield season in which Khawaja averaged just 18.36 and at 33, he faces an uphill battle to win back his Test place.
Kurtis Patterson has endured a lean run that saw him too miss out on a spot in either squad announced on Thursday. He is yet to add to his two Tests, despite scoring an unbeaten 114 in his last effort against Sri Lanka in early 2019.
The stylish left-hander is yet to post a half century in six digs this Shield season, failing to convert promising starts into big scores. It comes after an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign that restricted him to just three games for NSW.
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