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I'd be happy to bat anywhere: Shaun Marsh

By Rashmi Nanda -
The Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is certainly one of the Australia’s most polarizing cricketers during a 15-year career that has numerously teased but often disappointed. Marsh, who has been chosen for the India tour, said that he is confident for the tour.

The 33-year-old Western Australian batsman was seen as a potential star because of his confidence and natural class at the crease for many years. Though, Marsh's international career has been a roller-coaster ride over at many stages due to injury and inconsistency.

Renshaw is almost sure to open the batting while Marsh hopes that to bat at the vacant No. 6 position as he being included in Australia's squad for next month's tour of India after currently, Hilton Cartwright was omitted in the first Test against India starting on February 23. However, Marsh has never played a Test in India but he’s very much experienced in those conditions through limited-overs cricket and the Indian Premier League.

During his 19-Test career, Marsh has never batted at No. 6 but once he made a century at No. 5 batting position and that kind of adaptability to bat all through the sort is seen as a key strength prompting selectors to pick him. 

On Monday (January 16), Marsh told the reporters that he was comfortable batting down the order. He said, "It doesn't matter where they want to bat me. I'd be happy to bat anywhere. I'm sure they've got their ideas at the moment. I'll just prepare as well as I can and see which way they go."

Marsh said that he had been extremely overwhelmed by Renshaw, who is averaging 63 and made 184 in his last Test innings. He stated on this, "It's exciting times to see a young guy come through like that for Australia." 

Since coming back from the finger injury, it has been a not easy comeback for Marsh, who has just scored 67 runs at an average of 11 for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League. 

At the order, the big-hitting of Marsh has often fuelled the Scorchers over the years and helped push them into being the undoubted BBL powerhouse.

Due to the current slump form of Marsh has been the main cause for the Scorchers to delicately perch while they have to to win their final match against the Hurricanes in Hobart on January 20 to secure a semi-final berth of the BBL. 

The left-arm orthodox was confident that he could bring back his blistering best during the crunch match. Marsh stated, "The confidence is there. It's got nothing to do with confidence at the moment. I just need to get a few away. And if I can do that, I'll be alright. It's been a bit frustrating the last couple of weeks. But I guess that's T20 cricket. I felt really good in the nets the last week or so I know it's not far away,"