Marsh desperate to take Ashes chance

Marsh desperate to take Ashes chance

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Elsewhere, Matt Renshaw's poor run with the bat in the first three Shield runs was expected to cost him his place at the top of the order, with Bancroft likely to step in and make his test debut partnering opener and vice-captain David Warner.

Trevor Hohns, the chief Australian selector, has implored Australia's fringe players to improve their "mediocre" performances in the aftermath of naming a controversial Ashes Test squad on Friday (November 17).

His four previous Test appearances came in 2010, with his years in the wilderness punctuated by a troublesome finger injury, and his call-up for next week's clash with England comes at the expense of Matthew Wade.

"I'm trying not to think about it that way", he told a news conference on Saturday. The former hasn't played a Test in the last seven years but when the selectors asked themselves who the best wicketkeeper in the country was they agreed on his name. "His batting has been pretty good of late and then you go to the other side of the coin and the unconvincing performances, in our view, of the other wicketkeeping contenders".

"His batting form in recent outings for the Cricket Australia XI and Tasmania has been good".

Hohns said the selection of South Australia Sayers was made with a view to the Adelaide Oval Test, the second in the series.

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"We still view Matthew as a player of vast talent, but he is out of form at the moment and we don't feel an Ashes Test match is the best place for him to find form", Hohns said.

"We still view Matthew [Renshaw] as a player of vast talent, but he is out of form at the moment and we don't feel an Ashes Test match is the best place for him to find form".

"Just go back to the basics, go back to Shield cricket, focus on some of the things he focused on before when he'd been successful and be patient". Shaun is playing very well at the moment, having scored consistently in the One-Day Cup and first three rounds of the Sheffield Shield competition.

On Marsh's selection, Hons said: "He is a versatile player who can slot in anywhere in the batting order and will add valuable experience to the batting line-up".

Hohns said only Bancroft had truly pushed for selection as the right-hander was included in the squad, along with the likes of Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh. "He swings the ball with good control and knows the conditions well at his home ground".

Yet no mention of the allrounder from Hohns, who instead pointed to the credentials of Marsh - the 34-year-old recalled to Test cricket for an incredible eighth time to take Maxwell's spot at six. "He gives us this bowling option if required".

Spin king Shane Warne has said that England are in better shape than Australia heading into Thursday's first Ashes Test at the Gabba.

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