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Shaun Marsh (AFP Photo)

Shaun Marsh struggled during Australia’s two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. He scored 14 runs across four innings which gave more ammunition to his critics questioning his place in the side.

The 35-year-old returned to form with twin fifties for Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match. He extended his form to international cricket, hitting a century in the third and final ODI against South Africa last week.

Australia head coach Justin Langer has backed the left-hander saying Marsh’s criticism when he fails drowns out the quality he brings to the side which leaves him confused.

“That noise we’re talking about, you can’t get distracted by it,” Langer told TAB Radio. “Mental toughness and concentration is about letting go. Do your thing, enjoy what you’re doing and when he (Marsh) does it, there’s no better player in Australia. It does confuse me. He had a poor series against Pakistan and he’d be the first to admit that but around that he does so many good things. He’s such a good player when he lets go and plays with that freedom he is a world-class player.”

Shaun Marsh’s younger brother Mitchell Marsh also had a poor series and he was subsequently dropped for the three-match ODI series against South Africa at home. However, like Shaun, Mitch too made a statement by hitting a century in the Sheffield Shield.

Langer has backed the brothers to continue the good work and not care about the public backlash. “Mitch had a poor series against Pakistan, not a great series against South Africa but his first-class cricket in recent times is as good as anyone. They’re both very talented players and both very good young men so let’s just hope they continue their good form and we see a lot more of them,” he said.