Marsh down with gastro, will be fit for Perth Test

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012, 15:58 [IST]
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Marsh down with gastro, to play 3rd Test

Perth, Jan 9: As if poor form was not enough, Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is also battling a bout of gastro but is still expected to play in the third cricket Test against India starting here on Friday.

Marsh, who has scores of 0, 3 and 0 in the series so far, was to address the media here this morning but skipped the press conference due to the ailment.

The 28-year-old left-hander comes in at the crucial number three slot in the batting order. Senior batsman Michael Hussey who spoke to journalists in Marshs absence said the batman would be fit in time for the match.

"Im sure hes fine and hell be at training tomorrow with the boys, preparing as well as he can," Hussey said.

"Hell be really looking forward to playing on his home ground in his first home Test. The WACA crowd always give the local guys a huge welcome and a louder roar than any other player, so hes got plenty of motivation to play exceptionally well in this Test."

Hussey also felt that Marsh would be back in form soon. "I wouldnt be surprised if he performs well in this Test match, " Hussey said.

"Its always tough when you have been out of the game for over a month to be able to come straight back into Test match cricket and perform straight away.

"It does take a bit of time, but he has been working very hard and hes been hitting the ball well in the nets, so its just a case of him being able to get through that first half an hour of his innings. If he gets a start, Im sure hell want to turn it into a huge hundred," he added.


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