The competition to take David Warner’s place as Test opener has reached a point of absurdity, with Mitchell Marsh now being considered as a potential candidate. While Matt Renshaw scored 136 not out for the Prime Minister’s XI on the same day, the person with the second-highest office in the land was discussing the idea of promoting Marsh to open alongside Usman Khawaja in the post-Warner era. Pat Cummins suggested at the Fox Cricket launch that Marsh could be moved up from six in the order to the opener position, citing his success in white-ball cricket. However, it is important to note that Marsh has excelled as a middle-order batter in red-ball cricket and is not suited to the role of an opener. Despite having a good technique and ability to handle quick balls, Marsh would likely jeopardize his revived Test career by making such a significant change. It should be remembered that Marsh has had an inconsistent Test career, with only a few standout performances. As he is unlikely to be a genuine all-rounder for Australia now, his best chance of adding to his 35 Test appearances would be to bat at six and bowl short spells. He has proven himself capable of taking over from Warner as an opener in white-ball cricket, but his true potential lies in being an effective middle-order batter in Tests. Cummins does not seem keen on Marnus Labuschagne replacing Warner at No.3, indicating that Warner’s replacement may come from a specialist opener such as Renshaw, Cameron Bancroft, or Marcus Harris. Marsh has a chance to solidify the No.6 spot in the upcoming Tests against Pakistan and the Windies. However, it is likely that he will be coming in to bat against an exhausted bowling attack with a large number of runs already on the board.

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