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Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has admitted that he is open to the idea of opening the batting in Test cricket.
Marsh’s comments come after Australia are on the hunt for two openers to replace David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who were banned for 12 and nine months respectively for their respective role in the ball tampering scandal that stunned the cricketing world.
With Matt Renshaw likely to fill one of the opening spots, Marsh reiterated that he is ready to move up the order and open the batting when Australia play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in September.
“I’ve been pretty flexible over the years, I’ve scored runs at the top of the order, I’ve scored runs in the middle order,” Marsh told cricket.com.au. “It’s a fair way away. I just want to put my focus and energy on the next few months for Australia and Glamorgan.
“If the captain did want (me to open), then I’d feel comfortable but we’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Marsh made it clear that he isn’t looking as far ahead as next year’s World Cup and Ashes series in England, but he noted that his batting in English conditions has improved due to his stint with Glamorgan.
The 34-year-old represented Glamorgan in four County Championship matches and scored 211 runs, which included a century and a fifty, at an average of 29.
“I had a bit of a taste of county cricket last year (with Yorkshire) and when the opportunity came up again to come over here in the winter I jumped at it,” he said. “There’s been some difficult conditions to play in and the Dukes ball has been nipping around a bit but I’ve enjoyed the challenge.
“I’ve have had to play a little bit differently, but that’s part and parcel of playing in different countries.
“No doubt (it’s helped improve my batting). It’s completely different to what we get back home. Wickets here are little bit more softer and the Dukes certainly swings around a fair bit.
“Once this ODI series finishes I go back to Glamorgan for some T20 cricket and to finish off the County Championship season with them.”