Perth Scorchers captain Simon Katich believes reformed opener Shaun Marsh has nearly played his way back into the national side.
On the eve of the Big Bash League semifinal between the Scorchers and the Melbourne Stars tomorrow night, Marsh has been announced as a finalist for the BBL Player of the Tournament.
He finished the regular season with 329 runs, the most in the competition.
His run of form helped propel the side to a home semifinal after a slow start to the competition.
Though the 29-year-old's performance was not completely unexpected, it has marked a severe shift in Marsh's fortunes since being dropped at the end of last year after a series of on-field flops and off-field misdemeanours.
Katich said winning the Player of the Tournament and earning a national recall would be a fitting reward for Marsh's turnaround.
"The way he's played had been brilliant. He's gone about his role to perfection," Katich said.
"There's a lot of talented players around pushing for spots but he's doing everything he possibly can, not only on the field but with his work ethic off it.
"He's very fit at the moment, his attitude's great and regardless of what happened a few months ago, he's copped it on the chin and hopefully become better for it.
"No doubt down the track he'll get looked at because he can't keep getting ignored if he's putting runs on the board in all forms of the game."
Despite leading the scoring, Marsh has struggled with hamstring injuries all season.
Katich said the ability and willingness to play through the pain will hold Marsh in good stead as he tries to cement his spot at the top of WA cricket.
"He's got through this tournament with a few little niggles here and there and that's testament to him wanting to be out there for the boys and playing for the team," he said.
"It could have been easy for him to say 'I'm a bit too sore' and not get out there."Tickets for tomorrow's game at the WACA Ground sold out only three hours after going on sale yesterday.
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