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Marsh - I need to get on

Man of the match looking for improvement

Marsh: Disappointed

Marsh: Disappointed

Despite an innings of 78 which brought a man-of-the-match accolade in Australia's one-day win over South Africa, Shaun Marsh was left lamenting his dismissal in Hobart.

The opener's knock was his fifth half-century from only 10 matches and tightened his grip on the berth as Australia earned a five-run win which allowed them to level the series.

It also justified the selectors' faith in Marsh after his indifferent recent form for Western Australia.

But Marsh said his dismissal had, for the second time in as many matches, come to the detriment of Australia's bid for quick runs towards the end of their innings.

"I've probably got out at crucial periods in both games and it's been very disappointing that I haven't gone on," he said.

"I've left the team in a bit of a tricky position so hopefully in the next few games I can really bat through the innings and do my job properly."

Marsh was denied a maiden international century in both games by his tendency to hit towards the on-side.

"I've got to set myself just in that middle period just to keep playing straight and not play two shots now trying to work through on the on-side," he added.

"Just playing a bit morestraighter and being a bit more busy and maybe I've lost concentration in the middle periods so hopefully I can rectify that in the next three games."


Meanwhile, Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Ben Hilfenhaus's international career could well receive a boost after he closed out Sunday's win.

The Tasmanian conceded 18 runs in his penultimate over in Melbourne and appeared set for another nightmare finish in Hobart after being hit for 15.

He went for 11 in the final over but held his nerve on the final two balls - South Africa's Mark Boucher unable to smash the boundary they needed.

"To have that sort of pressure to deal with and cope with and get the job done I think will hold him in good stead for future games when he might be confronted with a similar situation," Ponting said.

"It's like a batter as well, if you actually get out there and win a game and get a team across the line you know you've done it before and therefore do it again.

"For Hilfy that will be excellent for him."

Meanwhile, Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel is expected to play in the next match in Sydney despite suffering a slight dislocation in his left index finger.

"It's not going to affect his bowling and he still hit the ball real well at the end," captain Johan Botha said.

"He'll be fine for Friday."