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Marsh aims for second ODI

Gulf News 2018-11-07 14:55:00

Melbourne: Australia batsman Shaun Marsh is hopeful of playing in the second one-day international against South Africa on Friday after having surgery to remove an abscess, teammate Alex Carey said on Wednesday.

Marsh missed the six-wicket thrashing by South Africa in the series-opener in Perth on Sunday due to the problem, with Ben McDermott brought into the squad as cover.

“He is pretty positive that he’ll be right for Friday,” vice-captain Carey said.

“Shaun obviously (in the) last series over in England was sensational, he scored two hundreds for us.

“So for him to come in at three and probably play a bit of an anchor role around some of those top order explosive players ... it’s a little bit of stability up the top, hopefully.”

Australia were skittled out for 152 by South Africa’s formidable attack and slumped to their 17th defeat in 19 matches, raising alarm bells only seven months out from their World Cup defence in England.