Marsh hundred gives Aussie selectors nudge

MITCH Marsh has given Australian selectors food for thought ahead of the first Ashes Test, scoring an unbeaten hundred for Australia in its four-day tour match against English country side Kent.

Marsh blasted 101 from just 94 balls in his team's second innings of 4-322, after the Aussies compiled 8-507 (dec) in their first innings.

Incumbent all-rounder Shane Watson, who played on the recent tour of the West Indies, also made an impressive 81 from 76 balls.

The pair was moved up the order to have some extended time in the middle, with first innings century-makers Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith given a rest.

Opener Chris Rogers made 45 in the second innings for a match return of 129 after missing the West Indies Tests with concussion.

It seems increasingly likely selectors will not settle on the final line-up for the first Test until the four-day match against Essex, which starts on Wednesday.

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