Marsh puts case for World Cup spot

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Hobart, Jan 21 (AFP) Shaun Marsh put his hand up for alate World Cup call-up with a solo effort to salvage adisappointing Australian batting effort in the second one-dayinternational at the Bellerive Oval today.

Marsh, left out of Australia''s World Cup squad named onTuesday, posted his second one-day international century asAustralia made 230 from 48.2 overs after being sent in to batby England.

The left-hander brought up his century in the bestfashion possible, lofting Michael Yardy over mid-wicket forsix from the 101st delivery he faced, having hit the previoustwo balls for four.

Marsh was the last man to fall, caught on the boundaryhaving faced 114 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes.

The home side were in deep trouble at 142-8, before Marshand number 10 Doug Bollinger rallied the cause by adding anunlikely 88, a record ninth-wicket stand for Australia inODIs.

Not for the first time this southern hemisphere summer,Australia''s top order was in early disarray, with captainMichael Clarke''s atrocious season in all forms of the gamecontinuing as he fell for just 10.

Marsh, called into today''s team to replace the injuredMike Hussey, strode to the wicket with the home side in deeptrouble at 33-4.

The left-hander struck the ball well from the time hearrived at the crease and looked a class above any of his toporder teammates in a performance that will have done hischances of replacing Hussey in the World Cup squad no harm atall.

Hussey is in increasing doubt for the tournament afterthis week undergoing surgery to repair a severe hamstringtear.

Marsh survived a close shave on 23 from the bowling ofJames Tredwell, when he was given not out by the third umpireon a very close stumping appeal.

He made the most of his good fortune and teamed withCameron White, who was struck a painful blow on the indexfinger of his right hand by a rising delivery from ChrisTremlett, to try to rescue the innings.

The pair put on 100, but the batting collapsed again whenWhite was caught and bowled for 45 by Michael Yardy, asAustralia lost 4-9 to slump to 142-8.

Promising paceman Ajmal Shahzad celebrated his inclusionin England''s World Cup squad by claiming 3-43, including theprized wickets of openers Shane Watson (5), who made 161 notout in Sunday''s first game which Australia won by six wickets,and Brad Haddin (5). (AFP) SNK

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