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LONDON, June 2: Australian coach Geoff Marsh has ended speculation over the immediate future of Mark Taylor by confirming the skipper would...

LONDON, June 2: Australian coach Geoff Marsh has ended speculation over the immediate future of Mark Taylor by confirming the skipper would lead the side for the first Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday.Marsh has dismissed Australian newspaper reports saying Taylor was ready to stand down after a run of low scores — finally broken with an unbeaten half-century at Derby yesterday.

“In the dressing room he has been fantastic but I know that deep down he’s been hurting,” Marsh said.

“He’s been picked to captain the side and after the run about he has had on this tour, he’s stuck to his guns. "He’s 59 not out in this match and hopefully he can go on and get a big hundred.”

Speaking on BBC Radio, Marsh added: “This innings will make him a lot happier. We’ll sit down after this game with the three selectors and pick the best side to win the Test match and I’m sure he’ll be there.”

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Today’s Sydney Daily Telegraph claimed in a front-page article that Taylor had decided to step down from the Australian team for the first Ashes Test, finally conceding defeat after 18 months of disastrous form.

Former record-breaking Australian captain Allan Border today joined in the debate over Taylor’s playing future, saying the fate of the Australian cricket skipper was too big a job for the Ashes tour selectors.

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