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Australia bowling great Geoff Lawson minced no words when he claimed that Mitchell Marsh shouldn’t be part of Australia’s playing XI for the first Test in Adelaide saying the allrounder has had his chance.

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Lawson had said “there’s no way I’m playing Mitchell Marsh [in Adelaide]” in an interview. Marsh has come out with a cheeky reply to the brutal assessment of his Test career saying he’s looking forward to seeing the former Test cricketer.

“Hi Geoff, how are you,” Marsh was quoted as saying by Fox Sports in response to a query on what he thought of Lawson’s comments.

He added, “Look, his comments are his comments, that’s his opinion. All I can focus on is preparing well for this Test match and preparing well for the summer, doing my best and that’s all I can do. People can say what they are going to say. But I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

Marsh’s form with the bat in Test cricket has taken a massive beating since the South Africa tour earlier this year. He was part of the Australia squad for the UAE tour where they faced Pakistan in a two-Test series. The tourists lose 1-0 with Marsh managing 30 runs across four innings.

Marsh returned to the Test squad midway during the home Ashes series and had celebrated that by hitting centuries in consecutive Tests. However, since scoring 96 in the first innings of Durban Test in March, his form has taken a nosedive.

However, despite severe criticism, he seems to be an automatic selection for the Adelaide Test as an allrounder and will be batting at No.6 .

“After the UAE, there’s no doubt that there’s a few questions marks over me, so I’m just really pumped if I’m selected to get out there and play in front of Australian crowds again, its a great time of year. I am feeling good,” Marsh was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I think No. 6 is a great position to bat especially if you’ve bowled a few overs you always get a bit of time to have a rest. I’m doing my best to make the No. 6 position my own in this team, so that’s all I can do.”

Following the disastrous UAE sojourn, Marsh returned to Sheffield Shield where he scored 151 while leading Western Australia signaling his return to form.

“I’m fully fit, rearing to go, got some good overs under my belt the last couple of weeks for Western Australia. I’m feeling great. My goal for this summer is to start chipping in with the ball and get a few more wickets for the team. I love coming on in the graveyard shift, 70 to 80 overs when the ball’s doing nothing and trying to sneak in a wicket. I really want to take my bowling to the next level in this team. That’s about taking your opportunity when you get it,” he said.