Perth Scorchers stand-in skipper Michael Klinger has backed opening partner Shaun Marsh to “come good” and turn his form around.
Marsh has only managed 59 runs from five innings in BBL|06, while Klinger has been brilliant with 224 runs, to be fifth on the scoring charts.
Klinger confirmed the Scorchers would retain Marsh at the top of the order, despite calls to potentially promote wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Bancroft who is in line to replace Sam Whiteman (concussion).
He also moved to back the Australia international, who is the Club’s all-time leading run scorer.
“Shaun is still one of the best T20 players in Australia,” Klinger said.
“He’ll come good, I’ve got no doubt he’ll win us a game over the next couple of weeks with the bat.”
Marsh has been dismissed for scores below 10 four times this season, with his top score of 32 coming against the Brisbane Heat last week at #TheFurnace.
“In T20 cricket, especially in a compact tournament, it can happen,” Klinger said.
“Batting up the top, you have to take risks and you’ve got to get off to a good start.
“Sometimes you get on a run where it doesn’t quite work out.
“He’s played so many good innings at #TheFurnace as well.
“Whether it’s tomorrow or next week or hopefully if we make the finals, I’m sure he’ll win us a game.”
Klinger also backed Marsh to be selected in Australia’s Test series squad for India.
Meanwhile, Klinger also said the prospect of Mitchell Johnson facing up against former Ashes foe Kevin Pietersen was an enticing one.
“It’d be nice if we can get an early wicket and KP comes into Mitch well and truly fired up up front,” he said.
“It’s going to be a great contest. One thing we learnt when we played the heat a couple of games ago is we can’t concentrate too much on one or two players.
“They’ve got a lot of players who can win a game for them. The main thing is we’ve got to concentrate on doing what we do well ourselves.
“We did that the other night in Brisbane and turned the tables, so we’ll be doing that again.”