Shaun Marsh's 130-run knock was his second successive Test century after he made a career-best 182 against his last innings against West Indies © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shaun Marsh’s 130-run knock was his second successive Test century after he made a career-best 182 in his last innings against West Indies © Getty Images (File Photo)

Former Australia opener, Chris Rogers thinks 33-year-old left hand batman Shaun Marsh should open the innings alongside David Warner for Australia, in the Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, later this year. Rogers feels Marsh has done enough to cement his position, after scoring two centuries in his last two outings for Australia. Rogers is of the view that Joe Burns should be replaced by Marsh as Warner’s regular opening partner. Marsh had not been included in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, but made his presence felt with a century at Colombo, after he was brought in for a struggling Burns. READ: Australia may pick limited-overs specialists for India tour, hints Darren Lehmann

Marsh’s 130-run knock was his second successive Test century after he made a career-best 182 in his last innings against West Indies, in December 2015, but was unable to replace Usman Khawaja’s place in the side then, in the next Test. Rogers believes, Marsh has the ability to adapt to all conditons. READ: Australia’s Stephen O’Keefe looks to refocus after unfortunate incidents

“I like Joe Burns and have a lot of time for him, but Shaun (Marsh), in his last two Test matches he’s got hundreds,” Rogers said as quoted by cricket.com.au. “To not get picked would be very difficult for him (Marsh), particularly with the Indian tour looming where you’d back him to be one of the first picked now. Maybe he’s going to be irresistible (to select), although I wouldn’t discount what Joe’s got to offer,” he added.

Rogers though, feels Burns has a lot of time to make a comback and improve his game. “I think he’s got so much time ahead of him,” he said. It’s easy to get frustrated and down on yourself and question where you’re at but what he achieved last summer in particular was impressive. There’s no way he’d be going back to the end of the queue. He’s one of the next few in. But perhaps maybe at this point in time, Shaun might just edge it over Joe,” he added.