In his first year as Fremantle Dockers coach, Justin Longmuir has barely put a foot wrong.
Now, he’s weighed in on the ongoing Test opener debate discussion amid incumbent Joe Burns’ latest failure, providing the answer on most West Aussie’s minds.
Queenslander Burns attempted a new batting stance in Australia A’s second innings of their tour match against India, but it couldn’t produce a change of fortunes as he was trapped in front for one.
The 31-year-old has produced scores of 7, 0, 29, 11, 10, 0, 4, 0 and one since the start of Australia’s home summer.
His incumbent opening partner David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test against India with a groin injury, while in-form opener Will Pucovski will also be sidelined for the Adelaide Test due to concussion.
Former WA batsman Marcus Harris has been added to the squad as cover ahead of WA veteran Shaun Marsh, who has scored a whopping 485 runs at an average of 97 in four matches this season.
Harris earns his call-up off the back of a superb double century in the Adelaide Shield hub, where he compiled 355 runs in three digs.
But, it appears the man in charge at Fremantle has the answer to Justin Langer’s opening conundrum.
Longmuir weighed in on the debate on Twitter, when WA-born journalist Kath Loughnan asked the question of who selectors should turn to.
“Who opens the batting in Adelaide…” Loughnan wrote.
“Warner unavailable. Pucovski unavailable. Burns (0 & 1 in Aus A match). Harris (26 & 5 in Aus A match).
Longmuir swiftly replied: “Shaun Marsh”
The 39-year-old could be onto something, following the Australian head coach’s endorsement of the elder Marsh brother a few days ago.
“You never discriminate against age. He’s doing everything possible,” Langer told 7 NEWS on Friday.
“His numbers in Sheffield Shield cricket – not only this year but the back end of last year – were absolutely elite.
“There’s no more popular player in the Australian cricket team than Shaun, maybe his brother (Mitch) actually.
“It’s an incredible family, the Marsh family, they’re much loved within the team.”