Marsh ton inspires Australian win

Updated: 21 January 2011 11:48 IST

Shaun Marsh batted himself into contention for next month's World Cup with a match-winning solo effort in Australia's 46-run win over England.

Marsh ton inspires Australian win

Hobart:

Shaun Marsh batted himself into contention for next month's World Cup with a match-winning solo effort in Australia's 46-run win over England on January 21 at the Bellerive Oval.

Marsh, left out of Australia's World Cup squad named on Tuesday and the only player not in that squad playing today, posted his second one-day international century as Australia made 230 from 48.2 overs after being sent in to bat by England.

In reply, England never recovered from an early double-strike by paceman Doug Bollinger (4-28), who also contributed valuable tail-end runs with the bat. They were dismissed for just 184 in 45 overs as Australia took a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

But the win came at considerable cost for Australia, with spinner Nathan Hauritz, in his first international of the season, appearing to dislocate his right shoulder in the field and place his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.

All summer, Australia's best performances have relied on just one or two brilliant individual efforts.

In game one of the series, it was Shane Watson's 161 not out, and this time it was the recalled Marsh.

Batting at number six, the left-handed Marsh brought up his century in the best fashion possible, lofting Michael Yardy over mid-wicket for six from the 101st delivery he faced, having hit the previous two balls for four.

Marsh was the last man to fall, caught on the boundary having faced 114 balls, hitting eight fours and two sixes.

The home side were in deep trouble at 142-8, before Marsh and number 10 Bollinger rallied to the cause by adding an unlikely 88, a record ninth-wicket stand for Australia in ODIs.



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