Mitchell Marsh received an excessive promotion in his role as vice-captain of the Australian test team, according to Shane Warne, who said that the SUV had not done it enough to justify his position on the side.
Marsh received the vice-captaincy in a joint job with Josh Hazlewood last month, but with the fast bowler unavailable for the series against Pakistan, Marsh was the only one present in the UAE.
He is now facing a fight to keep his place on the side after only 30 runs in four innings with the recent leadership role, which creates a possible complication given the strong support he was given.
"Even before that series I had not thought he would have settled on the team," Warne said. "He has done well, but I do not think he has cemented his position and that's why he was a strange team as vice-captain."
Marsh averages 26.08 in 30 Tests, but seemed to have enjoyed a breakthrough last season when he scored two centuries in three games against England, in Perth and Sydney, and after that with 96 in the Opening Test against South Africa in Durban.
Since then, however, he has accumulated 110 runs in 11 innings and is among a group of players who now sweat for his position for the India series that begins in December. Although his bowling is seen as a second valuable chain, he has only taken six windows in his last 11 Tests.
The additional challenge for Marsh is that, like his brother Shaun, who is also under pressure after a lean series in the UAE, he may well be involved in the limited sides of Australia for much of next month , which would reduce the chance to find the red ball shape on the Sheffield shield.
Mitchell is also vice captain of the T20I team, along with Alex Carey, and therefore remains the UAE for the three-game series against Pakistan that starts on Wednesday. After that, Australia plays a series of home against South Africa (ODIs and a T20I) and India (T20Is) before the series of tests against the latter.
Warne had more encouraging words for Shaun Marsh, who Australia coach Justin Langer said was unlikely to stay out of the side of a day to open more Shield cricket due to his strong returns on the tour England.
"I'm a big fan of Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, just because they have a couple of bad tests, suddenly you can not remember all the good things that Shaun Marsh has done," Warne said. "I hope I have a little more chance, but Mitchell Marsh needs to go and do some racing."
In what is currently open season on the Australian testing team, Warne included some names in the mix for possible calls including the notion of D & # 39; Arcy Short in left field, citing the example of David Warner that He transferred his target. ball skills in the test arena, even though Short averaged only 23.58 in nine first-class matches.
"When you think of D & # 39; arcy Short, think of David Warner," Warne said. "They said he was just a white-ball player, he's now one of the best players in the world."
Like the Marshes, Short could get only one exit from Sheffield Shield before the test squad is selected if he continues to participate in Australia's one-day team.
"There are definitely many open places, I suppose," Short said to AAP . "All I can do is score runs in the white-ball cricket and whatever it comes out of that, I'll be happy to take it."
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