Cape Town - Australia
all-rounder Mitch Marsh missed out on the second Test against South
Africa in Hobart despite being given assurances by selectors that he
National selector Mark Waugh indicated in the build up to the Test
that Marsh would have at least two games to prove his worth to the Baggy
Waugh told Triple M: “He is not cooked because we have actually
picked this team for the first two Tests - he definitely has two Tests."
Head coach Darren Lehmann backed that statement up saying the squad
of 12 was fixed, but once the Test in Perth ended the tune was changed.
Callum Ferguson was drafted into the squad and it became clear that
overhead conditions would determine which of the two all-rounders would
In the end Ferguson would debut, and so far has failed to surpass
Marsh in terms of performance having been brilliantly run out for 3 on Day 1 of the second Test in Hobart after a direct hit from substitute
fielder Dane Vilas.
Former Test opener Chris Rogers feels that the selector's painted
themselves into a corner with the language they used and led Marsh on.
Rogers told Fox Sports: “What do you say? I think they back
themselves into a little bit of a corner and then there was a
realisation with this Test it might be shorter ... That’ll be that excuse
but it’s really hard on Mitch Marsh.
“It does give an interesting message to the change room.”
Former Australia quick Mitchell Johnson made his feelings known by
tweeting a link to an article in the Guardian where Waugh was quoted as
saying Marsh was 'not cooked'.
Marsh can't have too many complaints about being dropped based on his
performances, but it is clear that he was given false assurances.