It basically just comes down to your choice of poison. Australia's middle order depth is absolutely rubbish at the moment so no matter who gets picked, there are going to be more reasons they shouldn't be picked than reasons they should. The candidates are a mix of players who haven't done enough yet, players who have had long careers of being above average Shield bats without standing out, talented players who have underachieved, players with disciplinary problems, players with attitude problems and players with technical problems.
In an ideal world in which Australia had performing alternatives, Marsh would rightfully be nowhere near selection but in the current climate he's not a player that can be discarded, unfortunately. He's in the mix.
If they are going to consider a left-hander with discipline/fitness issues, then it should be Cosgrove
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why do people keep on going on about cosgrove he's a fat lazy idiot who cant be bothered trying for australian selection
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I saw nothing in Shaun Marsh last season to suggest he'd turned the corner. We always knew he was talented and that he has some spectacular shots and an adequate technique. And he's generally been capable of producing brief periods of heavy-scoring, especially in the shorter formats.
What has generally been missing is maturity, an ability to regularly construct long-form innings without the consistent loose-shots and brain-fades that have resulted in him averaging 35 at FC level. His batting in the shield last summer and in the ODIs didn't suggest he'd suddenly developed that at 29 after a decade of professional cricket. He's going to be a very hit & miss proposition at Test level and I think we've got better batting options, both short & long-term.
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