Marsh replaces injured Jacques for India tour

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) Shaun Marsh has been drafted in the Australian Test squad currently touring India as a replacement for opener Phil Jacques who was forced to return home to seek specialist advice for a back problem.

The 25-year-old Marsh is yet to get his maiden Test cap but the Western Australia player had an exceptional Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament in which he emerged the highest run-getter and averages 47 in eight ODIs that he has played.

''Shaun has been selected having opened the batting for Australia in the one-day international arena and shown great potential,'' Cricket Australia (CA) chief selector Andrew Hilditch said in a statement today.

''As a replacement batsman on the tour, should the opportunity arise, we are confident that Shaun could fill any role in the batting order,'' the statement added.

Marsh's inclusion is aimed with the future of the Australian team in mind as the young left-hander has done exceedingly in the limited opportunities that he has got.

Jacques could niether play in any of the tour match in India and his injury did not allow him to take part in the two Tests.

Currently, Australia is trailing the four-Test Border-Gavaskar series 0-1 with the third Test slated to begin here at Feroz Shah Kotla from October 29.

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