Australian Vice-captain Alex Carey revealed on Wednesday (November 7) that Shaun Marsh is hoping to feature in the second One-Day International against South Africa on Friday in Adelaide Oval after having a successful surgery on an abscess on his buttock.
With the given problem, Marsh had to miss the six-wicket thrashing by South Africa in the series-opener of the three-match ODI series in Perth on Sunday. In his absence, Ben McDermott was named in the squad as cover for the first ODI against the Proteas at home.
Carey told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday, “He is pretty positive that he'll be right for Friday. Shaun obviously (in the) last series over in England was sensational; he scored two hundreds for us. So for SOS (Marsh) to come in at three and probably play a bit of an anchor role around some of those top order explosive players ... it's a little bit of stability up the top, hopefully.”
Meanwhile, Australia thrashed by 152 by South Africa and that was their 17th defeat out of their 19 matches, raising alarm bells with only seven months left in their World Cup defense in England.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said that the conditions in Perth were really tricky but that was not an excuse, though, they are ready to face Proteas attack in the second ODI at Adelaide Oval.
Carey signed off by saying, “We're really confident still, obviously the conditions were quite tough over there (in Perth) but that's no excuse. The work we're doing off the field with JL (Coach Justin Langer) and the players coming in, we're doing so much good stuff and it's going to start to show.”
(With Reuters Inputs)