Indian Premier League 2010 March 18, 2010

Shaun Marsh moves closer to IPL return


Shaun Marsh will be in India by the weekend provided he can convince Cricket Australia his injured back is fully healed. The opener Marsh, who was the batting star of the first IPL, has been troubled by a bulging disc problem for the past five weeks and the injury interrupted his Australian one-day ambitions for the second year in a row.

If he can prove his recovery to Kevin Sims, the Cricket Australia physiotherapist, on Friday, Marsh will try to get on a flight that night or on Saturday morning and begin his road back with Kings XI Punjab. "Hopefully I'll get the all-clear, which I'm really confident of doing, and get over to play some cricket in India," Marsh told Cricinfo.

"It's perfect to get away and play over there, it's a little bit more relaxed than playing international cricket, so I want to get over there and have a little bit of fun and enjoy it. I'll see what happens after that."

Initially it was thought Marsh suffered back spasms in the warm-up before the third ODI against West Indies last month, but the injury was diagnosed as a painful bulging disc. It was another untimely setback for Marsh, who was floored by long-term hamstring injuries last year, just as he was becoming a fixture at the top of the one-day order. In 26 ODIs he averages 37.96 and made starts in all eight matches against Pakistan and West Indies this summer, with his scores ranging for 12 to 83.

The latest issue has forced a change in his approach to fitness for Marsh, who is still only 26. "The last year I've had these injuries and it's made me realise I have to start look after my body a little bit better," he said. "I probably really haven't worried about it too much. This has given me a little bit of a kick up the bum that I make sure I do everything right, with recovery and gym work and that sort of stuff. I see it as a minor setback."

Shane Watson, who seems to have overcome his injury plague, has offered Marsh support with his problems. Marsh has not followed Watson into a life full of pilates and free of alcohol, but he has restructured his training and wants to build on the outlook in India.

Punjab are currently win-less after two games and have matches on Sunday and Tuesday, which Marsh could be part of. He was the surprise of the first IPL, topping the run list with 616 at a strike-rate of 139.68, but he didn't play in the second event due to his hamstring problems.

Later in this campaign he hopes to run into his little brother Mitchell, the 18-year-old signed with Deccan Chargers. "He had a fantastic year this year, he came on in leaps and bounds," Shaun said. "Hopefully I'll get over there and play against him."

Mitchell left Perth for India on Tuesday and the brothers' franchises are due to face each other on April 16. By then Shaun will know how his body has coped with the extra demands of his rehabilitation.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Futurrackz on March 19, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Now that Pathan is in form both with bat and bowl. Don't be surprised to see KXIP back from next game onwards. Hey you guys can't you see we have a very good bowler in UV who is batting like a tailender now a days and one more thing is out of my mind is that why isn't irfan allowed to play as a batsman at no 3 rather than as a Pinch Hitter. He is sound technically as well. About Bopara, I'll say that perhaps Marsh is better option as Bopara consumes a lot of delievery putting pressure on that others down the order KXIP could have gone past 225 against Bangalore if he would have allowed others to come in rather then wasting delieveries till the 9th over. He was unseen cause Bismal was firing at the other end. One more tip, Get Sreesanth, Powar out of the team as they don't allow other team to crumble as they are relaxed about getting runs against these bowlers whenever they are in. "Why To Buy Berath who is just a grafter and not even a part of WI 50-50 side "


  • dummy4fb on March 18, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Only 4 foreigners mean that, sangakkara, bopara, lee, jayawardene are best players, others will be just sitting on bench.

  • tapanjeet on March 18, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    kings XI needs bowlers... we can't even defend 203 against bangalore.. how will we win against batting power houses like deccan and mumbai ?

  • ImtiazA on March 18, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    If you cannot not defend 200+, then you need good bowlers not more batsmen. KXIP are missing Lee badly, who would bowl close to 150 MPH and was handy with bat. What we see now is to Indian bowlers bowling spin (Pathan & Sreesanth) and feeding batsmen to hit all over the park. And neither of them bogs down by providing free flow of runs, thats what is called "Health Competition in the TEAM ". You go 10, i will better that in next over.

  • dummy4fb on March 18, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    marsh,punjab needs u BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! being ur fan,i also miss u a lot!!!! plz perform the same way like u did in IPL1 and may God protect you!!!

  • Cooper11 on March 18, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    go Shaun marsh You are a good batsmen make a 50 at least in the ipl when you return Why isn't Marsh playing in the Aussies Test Squad

  • Mr.niceguy on March 18, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    I dont think KXIP wanted the serice of Shaun Marsh that much because they already have an international player (bopara) who opens the innings in good form.

    What they need is either bret lee or an alrounder like james hopes who can bowl. Because KKIP bowling line up looks ridiculas.

  • sudzz71 on March 18, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Its strange that for a country like Australia that prides itself on a tremendous sporting culture their cricket stars are all falling prey to career debilitating injuries one after the other.

    Is it to do with the sport itself ? I would think not since other sports like Aussie Rules or soccer etc are more injury prone or is it to do with overwork given a hectic international calendar and major domestic competitions?

    Most of the Aussie cricketers that we see are also excellent sportsmen in the true sense of the word and their fitness levels, physique etc are head shoulders above everyone else in the cricketing world, yet some of the most horrible injuries have happened to Aussie players (not necessarily bowlers), maybe there is an issue with how they are coached and how much effort they put in the gym and elsewhere?

  • ssenthil on March 18, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    KXIP badly needs Shaun Marsh. I hope they will get your service very soon. They are missing Breet Lee also. If they don't get both, I am sure they will finish at the bottom 2 with RR.

  • dummy4fb on March 18, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    We just need some stif competition frm all over....overseas players' shud exercise their prowess!! We just need Marsh here boosting Punjab.....More the foreigners, more the quality!!! So, lookin for Marsh, Hopes, D Hussey n others to come back!!!

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