Oz retirees conflicted over Mitch Marsh

Former Australia players Brad Haddin and Chris Rogers have opposing opinions about the selection of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the second Test against South Africa.

The Proteas lead the series one nil going to Hobart, after winning in Perth, and Marsh was largely ineffective, taking two wickets and scoring a duck and 26.

Former opener Rogers feels the selectors will have lost patience as Marsh has been under pressure for a while, and reckons batsman Callum Ferguson could make his debut if they go with six pure batsmen.

Rogers said on Optus Sport’s Stumps show: “I have a feeling (the selectors have) lost patience.

“They’re going to go with a top six (of specialist batsmen), they’re going to cave to the pressure and strengthen (the) batting.

“I think (Ferguson) might go in for Mitch Marsh.

“The other thing is they picked the 12 before this first Test so whether they’ll give those guys who are in the side a second chance, but I think maybe they’ve lost a little bit of patience and somehow we need a few more runs.”

Haddin, meanwhile, wants Marsh to get another game before dropping him, saying he brings a lot to the team, on and off the field.

Haddin said on Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast: “I would stick with Mitch Marsh. I would give Mitch one last crack and make a decision after that.

“I am a Mitch Marsh fan – he’s great for the change room, a great character.

“But there’s only one currency to stay in the Australian team – performance – and that’s what everyone hopes he does.”