India vs Australia: Steve Waugh picks Shaun Marsh over Matthew Renshaw for openers slot

PTI, Feb, 09 2017

Melbourne: Matthew Renshaw may have staked his claim for the opener's spot after doing well against Pakistan but Steve Waugh wants Shaun Marsh to open alongside David Warner when Australia take on India in the first Test starting in Pune on 23 February.

"For me, while Matt Renshaw has done exceptionally well in Australia. I'd be very tempted to play Shaun Marsh in the first Test," Waugh said during a fan chat on his Facebook page.

File photo of Shaun Marsh. Reuters

File photo of Shaun Marsh. Reuters

"He (Marsh) has a proven track record and he was the incumbent opener before he was injured. I think he's ready to go at this level, he knows the conditions well, he's played in the Indian Premier League.

"It gives Australia a bit more experience. I would open the batting with him and Dave Warner," Waugh opined.

Marsh has been recalled into the Test squad, having recovered from a finger fracture he suffered in the first Test against South Africa at the WACA in November.

The 33-year-old has a decent record in the sub-continent, where he averages more than 78 in Tests including two hundreds in Sri Lanka.

"I'm happy he is back in the squad. I think he can add something in those conditions, he's got a very good record on the subcontinent particularly against Sri Lanka on the two tours he's been there," Waugh added.

Published Date: Feb 09, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 09, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115