Posted: 5 November, 2016 by Cricket Newsroom

Mark Waugh Speaks On Mitch Marsh's Selection For Second Test

The national selector has spoken.

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Australian national selector Mark Waugh has spoken on the future of the under-fire Mitch Marsh, saying he will be selected in the second Test.

By tea on day three Marsh had neither made a run nor taken a wicket in the first Test, with his batting average slumping to 23.07.

But Waugh was quick to defend his place in the side, batting off suggestions he was "cooked".

"He's not cooked, because we've picked this team for the first two tests, so he’s definitely got two tests," he told Triple M's Dead Set Legends.

"As a selector you pick these guys, and you pick them because you think they're the best players. You don’t pick them because you think they’re no good."

Waugh backed Marsh's ability with both bat and ball.

"I think he’s actually a genuine all-rounder," he said. "I think he’s capable of getting a hundred and I think, we haven’t seen it yet, but he’s capable of getting five wickets."

But he said Marsh now has to deliver.

"He gives great balance to the team, but having said that, it doesn’t matter who you are, you’ve got to perform," he told.

"We all think Mitchell’s a great talent and he's excellent for the team in that he gives you that extra bowler, if you happen to get an injury orone of the quick bowlers is not having a good day, you've got that backup, because none of the top five bats at the moment bowl any sport of seam up.

"He's got to start performing. I've got great faith in him, but it’s up to him now.

"He’s just gotta try and free himself, he looks a bit tense with the bat - he’s a natural stroke player and I believe if he plays in an aggressive style, that’s probably the best way for him to achieve some results, particularly with the bat."

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