Perth: Struggling Australian batsman Shaun Marsh has conceded that time is running out for him and he has to score runs in the fourth and final Test against India if he has to retain his place in the side.
Marsh scored just 14 runs from the four innings he has played in the three Tests of the four-match series with two ducks and 11 being his highest score.
Marsh, who has all-but been guaranteed selection for the fourth Test, starting in Adelaide on January 24, has been released to play in the Twenty20 Big Bash League tomorrow for the Perth Scorchers.
"It`s been frustrating not being able to contribute to the team. You don`t get too many chances to play Test cricket so I know my chances are running out," he said.
In front of a vocal home crowd in his debut Test in Perth, and against a demoralised Indian attack that had just been blasted by David Warner, the timing was perfect for a big score from Marsh. But, the 28-year-old fell to a fired up Umesh Yadav.
"I did feel I missed out. But that`s the way it goes. I can`t change what`s happened now. I`ve just got to try to rectify it.
"I was probably a little bit anxious in my first few Test matches (back in the side) and I wasn`t myself. I sort of felt that come back in Perth. I know it was only a brief time but hopefully I can build on that now. I`ve just got to try to turn it around," he was quoted as saying by the local media.
Talking about Wednesday’s Big Bash match against Sydney Sixers, which will be led by wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, another struggling player in the Australian team against India, he said, "I see it as a good challenge for me. I`ve performed well there before, so I know that I can do it.
"I`ve just got to get out there tomorrow night and have a decent hit in the middle and get some runs. Hopefully that leads into playing in Adelaide."