Perform or perish: Clarke warns Marsh

Shaun Marsh failed miserably with just 17 runs at a dismal 2.83 average with three ducks in the Test series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 28, 2012

Australia captain Michael Clarke called out-of-form batsman Shaun Marsh as the only weak link in his triumphant Test unit and has put the left-handed batsman on notice to perform.

“I do see him as a big part of the Australian team in all three forms going forward but he does need to continue to make runs,” Clarke was quoted saying in Herald Sun.

Marsh, who scored a ton (141) on debut against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in September last year, failed miserably with just 17 runs at a dismal 2.83 average with three ducks this series.

“If he gets the opportunity to play for Australia in the short form or goes back to Western Australia he has to keep working hard, put some runs on the board. He needs to spend some time in the middle to get his confidence back up,” noted Clarke

Australia must sort out its top three if it is to challenge for the No.1 ranking.

“When you are winning it helps keep a team together. Individually Shaun, Ed and probably David would have liked a few runs,” reconciled Clarke.

“I am confident they can turn it around.”