Clarke backs inclusion of controversial Marsh, Pomersbach in T20 side

Michael Clarke feels if both Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach continue their good run of form, they should be included in the Australian team ©  AFP

Sydney: Jan 18, 2013

Australian Test captain Michael Clarke feels controversial T20 cricketers Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach should be a part of the national team in the shortest format.

Clarke was quoted by Fox Sports as saying, “Fortunately I am not the Twenty20 captain, so I don’t have to worry about that selection.

“But if they keep performing the way they are performing, I don’t see any reason why they won’t be up the top of the queue when the selectors are talking about the T20 games coming up.

“It’s about performance. It is exciting for Shaun and Luke – they are very good friends and I know they would both love to play for Australia again.”

The report says that the selection of the two cricketers, currently topping the batting charts in the Big Bash League, would prove to be tricky as the cricketers have a poor disciplinary record.

Marsh was demoted from the WA Sheffield Shield team last year after a boozy night in South Africa during the Champions League.

Pomersbach was in the thick of controversy during the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year when he was accused of molesting and hitting an American national and her fiancé.

The attacking southpaw, however, has been in top form on the field. He found support for inclusion in the T20 team from Clarke.

“It’s really exciting to see him performing well and I think the Heat deserve a lot of credit and (Heat coach) Darren Lehmann deserves a lot of credit for going out on a limb and getting Pomers to Brisbane,” said Clarke. “Luke also deserves a lot of credit to have made the move to Queensland without having a contract that took a lot of courage.”

Australia are slated to play Sri Lanka in two Twenty20 internationals on January 26 and 28 respectively.