Antigua, May 29: Opener Shaun Marsh's unbeaten 118 against the WICB President's XI in a three-day game at North Sound here on Thursday made his claims for a spot in the Australian Test team against the West Indies stronger. [Michael Holding backs selectors' decision to drop Chanderpaul for Aus Tests]
Australia and West Indies will play two Test matches starting June 3 and June 11, respectively.
The visitors were 205 for 6 in reply to the WICB President's XI 382 at stumps on Day 2. The only other batsman to have scored some runs was Adam Voges (52). Opener Chris Rogers (2), captain Michael Clarke (15) and Brad Haddin (1) fell cheaply. It was the 116-run partnership between Marsh and Voges for the third wicket that gave some respectability to the Australian innings.
Twenty-three-year-old Jomel Warrican with three wickets for 69 was the most successful among the WICB bowlers.
Marsh's innings that consumed 216 deliveries was punctuated with 13 boundaries and three sixes. Voges's 52 came off 109 balls and featured seven boundaries.
Shaun Marsh had scored 73 in his last Test played against India in January
Earlier, five Australian bowlers took 2 wickets each to wind up the hosts' innings that featured five half-centuries. However, the Australian bowlers conceded 15 runs extra.