Marcus North backs out-of-form Shaun Marsh

Marcus North said Shaun Marsh is fighting himself more than anything Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 27, 2012

Former Australian Test batsman Marcus North backed out-of-form Shaun Marsh and urged the national selectors to keep faith in the left-handed batsman insisting he will come good once he overcome his mental blockages.

Marsh has been struggling with form posting scores of 0, 0, 3, 0, 11, 3 and 0 in his past seven Test innings.

“There’s no doubt he’s fighting himself more than anything,” North was quoted saying by ninemsn.

“It’s such a mental game and it’s just a matter of getting that breakthrough innings to get your thinking in the right way and having a bit of confidence.

“It was only a couple of months ago we were all talking about how good his technique was in South Africa.

“That innings he played with Michael Clarke in Cape Town (scoring 44) with the moving wicket was pretty exceptional.

“Six innings ago, we were all talking about Shaun Marsh as our first picked and there were comments about Ricky) Ponting and Mike Hussey being dropped.”

Cricket Australia’s high performance chief Pat Howard had earlier said Marsh would never be written off but he refused to be drawn on his short-term future.

“I’m not going to make a call on any individual – that is not my job,” Howard told the Nine Network’s Cricket Show.

“… And we never write anybody off. Everybody has got a journey.”