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Head says Marsh deserves Test selection

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Brad Elborough

Travis Head said there is no reason why West Australian batsman Shaun Marsh should be dropped from the Test side to take on South Africa at the WACA starting next Thursday.

The South Australian skipper had a front row seat in Perth this week as Marsh showed off his form and the national ODI squad member was suitably impressed.

While the Redbacks will cruise to victory early on Friday, needing just 37 runs for victory with 10 wickets in hand, Marsh has been outstanding, with scores of 73 in the first innings and 110 on Thursday.

Head said that the way he has batted this week - and considering he hit 130 in his and Australia's last Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo - should ensure Marsh retains his place in Darren Lehmann's team.

"He played fantastic. He also played really well in Sri Lanka; he was in good form there and that hasn't changed," he said.

"He drove the ball really well (today). His shot selection was good and he was watchful.

"We bowled really well to him in the first innings and even in the second innings they tested him.

"But when the ball was moving around on day one, it was tough going and he played brilliantly - better than he batted today."

Head said that as the wicket improved on Thursday Marsh started to play more shots and show just how good his form is.

After a score of 66 in the Redbacks' first innings, Head's name may also start to cross the minds of the Test selectors.

But he says a couple of his bowlers must be being considered as well.

Chadd Sayers took 4-57 on Thursday, including the wickets of Australian batsmen Shaun and Mitch Marsh and Adam Voges.

He also dismissed in-form number three Michael Klingerand at one stage took 3-0 in three overs and was on a hat-trick.

In the first innings Joe Mennie did the damage, with 3-56, including all batsmen in the top six.

"I think the two of them are definitely put their names right up there," Head said.

"We needed to break the top four, which is WA's strength; they are all class. And we were able to do that."

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