CHASING TEST SPOT: Shaun Marsh is over his hand injury.
CHASING TEST SPOT: Shaun Marsh is over his hand injury. DAVE HUNT

Marsh hopes for Test recall

CRICKET: Shaun Marsh says he still has his sights on a Test return as he gets set for a comeback for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League Tuesday.

Marsh (pictured) will look for runs against the Sixers in Sydney and Thursday's encounter against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium.

He is an outsider to make the third Test against Pakistan next week, especially with the form of Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb, but he is still a huge chance to tour India in February.

Marsh said he was still sure he had what it took at the highest level.

"I still feel fairly young in cricket terms. I still feel like I've got a lot to offer at the top level,” he said.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out there tomorrow for the Scorchers, trying to score some runs in the next couple of games, and see where it takes me.

"I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. I'm going to go out there and have a bit of fun.”

Marsh has been hampered by soft tissue injuries throughout his career.

But finger breaks while fielding in Sri Lanka in August and against South Africa in Perth last month have sidelined him again.

The 33-year-old said he could have tried to make the Boxing Day Test but was glad he did not return too soon.

"Because it was a re-break, they thought they'd give it a bit longer this time,” Marsh said.

"I was pretty eager to try to get out there as early as possible. But the six weeks is probably a good idea. Touch wood it's all behind me now.

"It's feeling really good. I started facing bowlers last week and I caught a few balls. I had no issues.”

The Scorchers started their Big Bash campaign with a 48-run win over the Adelaide Strikers last week.

Former Test star Mitchell Johnson was in form with 3-33 in that clash but will be putting his feet up tonight as the Scorchers manage the veteran's workload throughout the tournament.



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