Marsh had a forgettable series against India, averaging just 26 with a top score of 60
Marsh had a forgettable series against India, averaging just 26 with a top score of 60

Australia national selector Trevor Hohns has said that the recently axed Shaun Marsh can still make a come back in to the Australian Test squad on the back of some runs in domestic cricket.

Marsh, along with brother Mitchell and Victoria captain Peter Handscomb, were axed from the Test team for the two-match series against Sri Lanka.

“Shaun hasn’t, certainly, done what we’d like him to have done over the last period and I am sure he would say the same thing,” Hohns said in Sydney as quoted by cricket.com.au.

“As far as the Ashes go that’s a long way off, he now has the opportunity in one-day cricket to get some form back and we’ll worry about that when the time comes. But the door is certainly not closed,” he added.

Marsh a forgettable series against India, averaging just 26 with a top score of 60. He had come under heavy criticism after scoring just 14 runs in four innings in the UAE against Pakistan.

However, he managed to earn a spot for the India series after clobbering  443 runs in three JLT Sheffield Shield matches for Western Australia, but failed to translate that form against India.

Horn backed the decision of including openers Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw stating that bolstering the top-order is the team’s priority.

“We’re looking now after the Indian series to shore up our top order, as JL (head coach Justin Langer) points out that’s the engine room. We need that to be strong,” Hohns said. Joe Burns has a record in Test cricket, he’s scored hundreds and has been in good form leading up to when the Big Bash started.

“Matt Renshaw on the other hand is very, very highly-regarded young player, he’s scored a lot of runs in England when he went over there and played County cricket. With the Ashes in mind it’s probably time now to get him back and around the group,” he added.