Langer astonished by Marsh ODI omission


Former Australia batsman and now Western Australia coach Justin Langer was shocked to see that batsman Shaun Marsh was not part of the ODI squad to face England after the Ashes Tests.

Marsh has played just one ODI this year, scoring 45, but has 46 ODIs to his name and Langer feels that there is plenty of gas in the tank of his Warriors batsman yet.

Langer said on the CA website: "I don't know what the reason is, but I'm shocked.

"I can't imagine it's an age thing. They've got guys who are older in that squad. He's only 32 years old, and he's in unbelievable physical condition.

"I mean, he's got skinnies (skin folds) of about 40 at the moment.

"He also missed out on the World Cup, and I think he's just such a dominant shorter-form cricketer.

"I'm really amazed."

Langer was, however, pleased for fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was called up as Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood will be rested after the Tests.

He said of the injury prone paceman: "He's a supremely fit athlete now. That's probably something that he had to work on.

"He's probably as quick as anyone going around in the country at the moment.

"He's also an unbelievable fieldsman."