Recalled Marsh confident ahead of latest Test

Shaun Marsh will play his 16th Test match at the Adelaide Oval, starting Friday. Photo: Getty Images
Shaun Marsh will play his 16th Test match at the Adelaide Oval, starting Friday. Photo: Getty Images

Opinions differ on whether Shaun Marsh was the right man to replace the injured Usman Khawaja in the first day-night Test starting in Adelaide on Friday.

But most would agree that this is almost certainly the left-hander's final chance to prove he has what it takes at the highest level.

Marsh has failed to lock down a spot in his 15 Tests, which have returned 861 runs at the middling average of 33.11, meaning pundits see him under enormous pressure to perform at the Adelaide Oval.

But the man himself sees it differently and is not seeing his recall as a final drink at the last-chance saloon.

"You try not to think about it like that," Marsh said.

"For me, it's another chance to come here and prove to myself that I can play at this level and get out there and get some runs.

"I felt really good over the last couple of weeks ... the last two (Sheffield) Shield games I have felt a lot better and felt like I was getting back to my best so I go into this game confident I can do well."

The Kiwis, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of fast bowler Trent Boult, who is suffering with a back problem.

Boult has been told he must bowl flat out at practice today if he is to be cleared to play on Friday.

The left-armer has disc irritation, the same complaint which forced Tim Southee from the field in the first Test at Brisbane.

Boult did not bowl in the Black Caps' two-day pink-ball warm-up at the WACA against Western Australia.

There was good news for the tourists, however, with Martin Guptill hitting 103 and BJ Watling also in the runs.

Neil Wagner is in line to take Boult's place in the side if coach Mike Hesson is forced to make a change.

Wagner took five wickets in the game against WA.



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