Even Sir Donald Bradman didn’t score a hundred in Derby’s low-slung county ground in the four innings he played here.
But the style of cricket has changed a lot since those days. And Shaun Marsh did slam one on Thursday in the county ground, which is Chris Rogers’ first county home. Rogers is still suffering from inner ear problems, which have dismantled his balance after being hit by a James Anderson bouncer at Lords- the reason he missed this tour warmup game in his favorite county ground.
32-year-old Shaun Marsh had an opportunity to make an audition for the role of the opener in the Birmingham Test. He made the most out of it by cracking a timely ton, his second this Ashes tour. Marsh is now on the verge of facing new ball in the third Test at Edgbaston which will start on Wednesday, given the extent of second Test centurion Rogers’ uncertainty of making it.
“It was nice to get out there and get some runs after the last couple of weeks,” said Marsh after the Australians went for 7-413 at stumps. “I feel really comfortable with where my game is at the moment and it was nice to get three figures.”
David Warner, too, warmed up with a century against a Derby attack which lacked depth and penetration. Mark Footitt was omitted after returning from a tour around Spain, as rest was preferred for him.
Both sides revealed opposite intents in the game. England wanted to conceal their resources for the rest of the Ashes, while Australia relied on heavyweights who featured in the first two Tests at Cardiff and Lords.