Shaun Marsh, who was expected to get a call-up for the series against India, has expressed that he was never expecting a recall for the four-match series despite all the rumours. He also reinstated that his prime focus at the moment is playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL 2020.
Since facing the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in Sydney back in 2019, Shaun Marsh has been pushed away from the Australian Test squad, with the return of David Warner, who had just completed his year of ban from international cricket. Batting at No.4, Marsh put on a sub-standard performance in the first innings, where he was dismissed for a 13-ball 8 against the quality pace attack.
With rain playing the spoilsport in Sydney back then, Australia managed to come away with a draw as India won the series 2-1. Two years later, the left-hander was in the reckoning for a comeback to the national team, on the back of David Warner’s injury, Will Pucovski’s concussion and the terrible form of Joe Burns. However, the elder Marsh stated that he was never expecting a recall for the series despite all rumours.
"I probably wasn't expecting one either, to be honest. There were a few funny videos being thrown around. I got a few from a few of my mates back home, which were quite funny. But there were certainly no phone calls from anyone. I'm purely focused on playing well down here for the [Melbourne] Renegades [in the BBL]," said Marsh, reported ESPNCricinfo.
At the age of 37, Marsh also shooed away the rumours and also stated that he was trying to play as well for the Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash season. Alongside that, he also was hopeful of continuing to put on a show for Western Australia to finish off a strong start to the season.
"I'm 37 now. I haven't played for a few years in Test cricket. As I said, I wasn't expecting a phone call and I'm pretty comfortable with where I'm at. [I'm] trying to play as well as I can for the Renegades for the next six weeks and getting back to WA after that and finishing off the Shield season. I guess that's where it's at for me at the moment."
With Aaron Finch leaving the bio-bubble, Marsh is assumed to take over captaincy duties at the franchise. However, as a replacement, Marsh reckoned that they are looking at Jake Fraser-McGurk to replace Finch at the top of the order.
"We've thought about that. We haven't finalised it yet. He's certainly an option for us. We're looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the table. He's a fantastic young player and a really good kid."