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Lehmann casts doubt on Shaun Marsh recall

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Shaun Marsh may have to prove his fitness in Perth grade cricket if he's to have any chance of an Australian Test recall for the series opener against Pakistan.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has all but ruled out picking the opening batsman, who is recovering from a broken finger, without time in the middle before this month's first Test at the Gabba.

The 33-year-old is far from a certainty to line up for Western Australia in their next Sheffield Shield outing against Queensland starting on Monday, which like the Test clash is a pink-ball day-night clash.

It will be his only first-class opportunity to impress selectors before the Test in Brisbane starting on December 15.

"He's not back to full training yet," Lehmann told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday.

"He's touch-and-go for that Shield game.

"That's going to be the biggest thing - to make sure his finger's right."

Marsh has been sidelined since breaking the finger in the first Test against South Africa this month where he was one of Australia's more composed batsmen with a first-innings half-century.

Aside from proving his fitness, he also likely needs to depose 20-year-old Matt Renshaw at the top of the order.

Queenslander Renshaw, who made his debut in the day-night third Test against South Africa in Adelaide, is aiming to play his first international match at his home ground the Gabba.

"We want him (Marsh) to play some cricket before we consider him," Lehmann said.

"That's going to be the challenge for him, to get back playing."

Marsh would not be the only player in recent years to return to the Australian set-up from injury via grade cricket.

Former captain Michael Clarke and allrounder Mitchell Marsh proved their fitness by turning out for Sydney grade club Western Suburbs before last year's World Cup.

Opinion is divided on whether Shaun Marsh's deserves a place in the Australian XI, with former Test opener Michael Slater backing him to return at the expense of Renshaw.

Former captain Ian Chappell, however, has urged selectors to "draw a line through" the West Australian's name due to his injury susceptibility.

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