[VIDEOS] Mitchell Marsh : Discussion Thread

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Made his International debut for Aussies today at the age of 19.

Contributed 36 with the bat from 21 balls with 4 sixes. Good start :19:
Exciting young player, he is the brother of Shaun Marsh and son of former Aussie player Geoff Marsh. It's also good to see Aussies giving a player the chance to represent the country at such a young age. They don't do that often

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Played pretty well on what was a great batting deck.

Outfield was quick and once you hit the ball in SA, it usually stays hit due to the altitude.

Looks an exciting prospect...

Only 19 years of age, Australia have a good young talent pool now... Marsh, Marsh, Khawaja, Cummins, Lyon, Copeland etc..
 
Potential to be a good All rounder. Like the look of his bowling and looks to be a soild batsman.
 
One thing you won't like to know about him is that he is already playing IPL :p
 
Good prospect, his innings is the reason Aus had a decent target. Another player who impressed today was Pattinson.
 
Mitchell Marsh - What is the point of him playing Tests?

74 runs in last SIX innings

5 wickets in last SEVEN matches

Never looks like taking a wicket and cant score big
 
Would agree. Pathetic player. Glenn Maxwell should be brought in next match.

These Marsh bro's are like Akmal's in Pakistan. Ordinary players but always keep close to the setup because of their friends in the board.
 
Everytime Mitch Marsh has been dropped, AUS gets humiliated.

E.g. VS England last ashes, he was dropped for Shaun Marsh, and Stuart Broad gets 8 for 15.

He was dropped after first test vs SAF, and AUS gets humiliated in Hobart.
 
To be fair its hard to get wickets when you Captain doesn't bowl you - which does beg the question what is the point of picking him.

Basically playing with 10 players.

Would agree. Pathetic player. Glenn Maxwell should be brought in next match.

These Marsh bro's are like Akmal's in Pakistan. Ordinary players but always keep close to the setup because of their friends in the board.

Rubbish.

Mitch Marsh shouldn't be playing but he's not getting selected for nepotism.

As for Shaun Marsh he absolutely warrants selection in the team.
 
How come Usman Khawaja cannot play but Mitch Marsh can? :facepalm:
 
Starc and SOK have looked more assured at the crease than Marsh. Maxwell can't do any worse. He has played Ajmal and Ashwin well atleast in limited overs.
 
Usman can't play spin to save himself on any pitch with assistance.

He was struggling even vsing JP Duminy.
 
Maxwell's bowling has deteriorated down to the drains, that Smith doesn't even bowl him in ODI's and uses Travis Head instead.
 
He seems to be taking the place of an established batsman. And considering fast-bowlers don't have to bowl that much in these conditions I don't see the need of playing him as a third pacer either. Should be replaced with Maxwell next game.
 
Khwaza needs to play the next match.

On these pitches, it is important to strengthen your batting as much as possible. A 30 or 40 runs from Khwaza would put Aus in good position in difficult batting conditions.
 
Pure garbage not only in asia but as a test match player he's waste

Instead of him aus can play maxi,not sure he may score high on these tough turf's but he can be a gambler which makes him a impact player
 
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Stoinis to fly over for injured Marsh

Victoria’s Marcus Stoinis has been called in as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh for the final two Tests of Australia’s Qantas Tour of India.

Marsh will head home after succumbing to a recurring shoulder injury, having made 48 runs and bowled just five overs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

"Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required," said team physiotherapist David Beakley.

"Consequently he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action."

http://www.cricket.com.au/news/marc...ctoria-australia-india-test-series/2017-03-08
 
Good news for Aussies that marsh is injured, means they can start playing with 11 players next test.
 
A spell away from the side could do him good . Still have a feeling he will come good.
 
He needs to stick to ODi's and T20's for now.

He's getting too much mixed messages to the way he should be batting in tests.
 
Well he's out for a while now, up to 9 months. Big blow for him. Hope he returns a better player. Woeful performances in the recent past.
 
74 runs in last SIX innings

5 wickets in last SEVEN matches

Never looks like taking a wicket and cant score big
I could not agree LESS!

The point of Mitchell Marsh, if Steve Smith would use him properly as a bowler, is that he can bowl a 5 over spell in every session as fourth quick bowler in Australia (third quick in Asia) and keep the workload of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins/Pattinson nice and low so that they can stay fit.

His batting needs more work than his bowling, but if he can average 35 with the bat and 35 with the ball as a Test Number 6 then I would be happy.

Ideally, I would see every session in the field outside Asia as looking something like this:

First hour
With the wind: Starc 4 overs / Cummins 2 overs
Into the wind: Hazlewood 6 overs

Second hour
With the wind: Cummins 3 overs / Starc 3 overs
Into the wind: Marsh 4 overs / Lyon 2 overs

As the day goes on, Lyon would bowl more overs and the over-rate would improve.
 
Always backed him to come good. He'll serve more humble pie in the coming months.
 
The best thing about Australian selectors is that they back a player for a good period, he is finally doing well for Australia
 
Marsh to undergo ankle surgery

Allrounder Mitch Marsh has been forced to pull out of a county stint in the United Kingdom and appears is in doubt for Australia's next Test campaign due to an ankle injury.

Surrey, the London-based club the Western Australian had been preparing to join for the 2018 English domestic season, confirmed Wednesday that Marsh will have surgery on his ankle next week.

The 26-year-old this summer established himself in Australia's Test side on the back of two centuries during the recent Ashes series but has battled ongoing pain and stiffness in the joint.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said Marsh is targeting a return for the start of the Australian summer, meaning he’s unlikely to feature in Australia’s limited-overs tour of the United Kingdom in June.

He’ll also be in a race against time to be right for Australia's next Test assignment, an away series against Pakistan expected to be held in September or October later this year. Details of the trip are still yet to be confirmed.

In a statement, Surrey did not discount the possibility of Marsh playing for the club later in the northern summer.

“I’m extremely disappointed to be missing the start of the season. I was looking forward to heading over and joining the Surrey family,” said Marsh.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to get myself fully fit and hopefully join the side later in the season.”

Surrey is coached by former Australia batting coach Michael DiVenuto, and has signed the likes of Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith and Kumar Sangakkarra in recent years. They play their home games at The Oval.

Director of cricket Alec Stewart has begun the search for an overseas replacement for Marsh, according to Surrey’s statement.

The club been linked with batting maestro Virat Kohli, who is set to lead India on a five-Test tour of England later this year.

Steve Smith, who today confirmed he would not appeal Cricket Australia's 12-month suspension from international cricket, could also conceivably be an option to replace his countryman.

Smith's sanctions preclude him from playing domestic cricket in Australia but is free to play first-class cricket in other nations. The batsman has pulled out of his stint with Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals.

Marsh has been set to play for Surrey in all three formats, with the county to set to begin their four-day County Championship campaign later this month.

His decision to join the club meant he forwent a stint in the Indian Premier League, where he would have likely fetched a high price.

“This is a big blow for both Surrey and Mitch so close to the start of the English season but we wish Mitch all the best in his recovery,” said Stewart.

Marsh is set to spend a second straight winter recovering from surgery, having had his shoulder operated on after flying home from Australia's Test tour of India last year.

He spent the early stages of the recent domestic summer playing as a batsman only before making a triumphant return to international cricket in December's third Test against England in his hometown Perth.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...out-of-county-stint-surrey-england/2018-04-04
 
Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh is optimistic he will make a speedy recovery following successful ankle surgery in Melbourne last week.

The 26-year-old was forced to pull out of a deal to play the UK's County Championship with London-based Surrey this winter.

He had been expected to target the start of the Australian domestic summer for a return, but Marsh now says he hopes to be fit and firing in time for a planned Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in September or October.

Last summer Marsh established himself in Australia's Test side on the back of two centuries during the Ashes.

Mitchell Marsh scores his second Ashes century

He failed to hit the same heights with the bat on the ill-fated Test tour of South Africa, with a 96 in Durban his top score. He battled a stomach bug in Port Elizbeth, but fought that off to claim key wickets in a crucial spell, and overcame a groin strain to feature in the Cape Town Test, and has long battled ongoing pain and stiffness in the left ankle.

That was operated on last week by a Melbourne specialist, and with Marsh returning to Perth on Friday.

"(I'm going to) keep my feet up a for a couple of weeks then get stuck into pre-season with Western Australia," he told Seven News at the Perth airport.

"Hopefully I can try and get over to play for Surrey at some stage, but if not be ready for Test matches in September."

Heartbreak as Marsh falls four short of Test ton No.3

The mooted Test series against Pakistan has not been confirmed by the PCB, but is expected to include two Tests and a limited overs series in late September.

Marsh spoke to Seven as news broke that the network had joined with pay TV broadcaster Fox Sports in a $1.182bn deal to broadcast cricket in Australia for the next six years.

The Western Australian joked it would be "delicious" to have legendary Seven commentator Bruce McAvaney on air for one of his towering sixes, a reference to McAveney’s famed appreciation of Hawthorn Australian rules footballer Cyril Rioli.

Marsh won Western Australia's Laurie Sawle Medal as the state's top cricketer at its end-of-season awards function following the South Africa tour, and said he was looking forward to a winter at home with family.

Marsh answers critics with maiden Test century

It is the second consecutive winter Marsh will spend recovering from surgery, having had his shoulder operated on after flying home from Australia's Test tour of India last year.

He spent the early stages of the recent domestic summer playing as a batsman only before making a triumphant return to international cricket in December's third Test against England in his hometown Perth.

A candidate to be Australia's Test vice-captain under Tasmanian wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who has been confirmed as the nation's 46th Test skipper, Marsh was set to play in all three formats for Surrey.

His position has been taken by South Africa opening batsman Dean Eglar, after the county also secured former Protea Morne Morkel on a Kolpak deal.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...y-pakistan-uae-tour-county-cricket/2018-04-14
 
MASTER blaster Adam Gilchrist believes Mitchell Marsh should be Tim Paine’s vice-captain as the Australian cricket team picks up the pieces following the ball tampering saga.

Gilchrist anointed Marsh, who skippered Western Australia in Sheffield Shield cricket before Christmas last summer, over more seasoned campaigners Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc.

His declaration of support for the 28-Test all-rounder came as Fox Sports announced Shane Warne would be joining Gilchrist in the commentary box this summer.

“I think a guy like Mitch Marsh could be a really strong appointment as Paine’s deputy,” Gilchrist told foxsports.com.au in an exclusive interview.

“Again, provided he stays fit, I see him playing a big role in being a core or foundation player for that team to be built around. He showed some really promising signs for WA in the last Sheffield Shield season. He could mature into a very good leader.

“Nathan Lyon is the more experienced but if I had to appoint someone, I would have Tim and Mitch as the combination.”

The three-time World Cup winning gloveman conceded he would not have been a good long-term option as Test captain due to the mental demands of the role.

Gilchrist filled in as skipper for six of his 96 Tests, with four of those matches resulting in wins, plus a loss to England courtesy of a sporting declaration in 2001 and a draw against India four years later.

But his own trepidation with taking on the full-time role does not mean Tim Paine can’t juggle all aspects of the job, according to Gilchrist himself.

“I found keeping and captaining very challenging and I don’t think I could have done it full time,” he said.

“You just get mentally challenged continually in the role. But I guess it’s the same for any captain. Your mind is always racing about the team issues and you have to find a way to switch back on to just your job.

“But I expect that Tim Paine will handle the captaincy really well, mostly because of where he is at in his career and life. He’s a little bit more mature than the average rookie.

“His experience this second opportunity he’s been given out of nowhere. He’s only just established himself in the team but now he’s a senior statesman all of a sudden. He’s a well-balanced guy and he will do well.

“I don’t think you should pigeonhole keepers as being unable to captain. MS Dhoni did it brilliantly well for India. There are guys that can do it. But for me personally, it would have been a bit too much for a long period of time.”

Gilchrist conceded these are “challenging times” for the national team, which has not played since a tumultuous South African tour.

According to the man that revolutionised the role of the modern day keeper-batsmen in Test cricket, ex-teammate Justin Langer was the obvious choice to take over from Darren Lehmann.

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Langer and Gilchrist were key planks in Australia’s most dominant era of cricket and also spent plenty of time together in Western Australian colours when not on national duty.

Although Gilchrist was sympathetic towards Lehmann, who is also a close friend, he declared Langer was the right man to lead the team forward in all three formats.

“I thought Justin Langer was a spot on appointment,” he said. “Once Darren Lehmann resigned, Justin was the perfect guy to come in and take on that role. It is going to be a very big challenge for that player group and the Aussie cricket team and the broader circle around it.

“The legacy of this will be around for a while so they will have to work out a way to deal with that. There are challenging times, no doubt. But there are also opportunities to see who is up for that journey and that rebuild.”

https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricke...n/news-story/57b4bcf8e3bc225811c60fb0d2e72323
 
Mitch Marsh is confident he'll recover from ankle surgery in time to captain Australia A in India, but says he is not spending time thinking about the vacant Test vice-captaincy role.
The two four-day matches in September will serve as a subcontinent warm-up for Australia's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Marsh underwent surgery last month to clean out bone spurs on his left ankle following the doomed tour of South Africa.
"I'm a couple of weeks away from running at the moment," he told reporters in Perth.

"If all things go to plan, I'll play the two four-day games in India ... hopefully (bowl) a couple of overs and then I'll just build in towards the Pakistan series."

Marsh has been floated as a likely national vice-captain following Steve Smith and David Warner's sackings.
The West Australian skipper insisted he had given little thought to the opportunity, instead focusing on recovering from his latest injury setback.

But he has relished the chance to lead his state over the past 12 months and feels he has grown as a result.
“I feel like I’ve grown into the role a lot more in the last 12 months being captain of Western Australia,” he said.

“(The vice-captaincy) is there, but it’s not something I’m focused on solely.

“I think with where we’re at as a team, the Australian cricket team, I want to become best cricketer and the best person I can be.

“If that means in time I become vice-captain of Australia, so be it, but right now my focus is on being fit and playing good cricket.”


The Australia A squads for the one-day and four-day matches in India were unveiled on Wednesday, with Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw given the chance to stake their claims for selection in the Pakistan series.
Travis Head has been named in the four-day squad and will also skipper Australia A's one-day squad in India.
The tour begins with a one-day tri-series also involving South Africa A, with the first match against India A on August 17.

Only two of the 28 players selected, Queensland duo Brendan Doggett and Marnus Labuschagne, are yet to feature for either Australia or Australia A.

"It's an extremely important tour, as we look for players who can adapt and find ways to excel in subcontinent conditions," selector Trevor Hohns said.

"With Australia's series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates fast approaching, it's a chance for some players to push for selection for that series, and for all players to gain experience in subcontinent conditions."
Australia A four-day squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain

Australia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth

Tour schedule

One-Day fixtures - Vijayawada
17 August v India A
19 August v South Africa A
23 August v India A
25 August v South Africa A
29 August – Tri-Series Final

Four-Day fixtures - Vizag

2 – 5 September v India A
8 – 11 September v India A

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...ndia-captain-four-day-ankle-injury/2018-05-30
 
Allrounder Mitchell Marsh is yet to resume bowling again following off-season ankle surgery, but he's bullish about his chances of being at full fitness in time for Australia's Test campaign against Pakistan later this year.

Marsh looms as a crucial player for the Aussies in the proposed two-Test series in the UAE; not only because he's one of the more experienced batters in what will be a depleted top order, but his ability to bat in the top six and offer a pace-bowling option will give selectors greater scope to include two or even three spinners in the side for a series that's certain to be played on slow, turning pitches.

The 26-year-old says the damage done to his left ankle, which required an operation in April and forced him out of a stint with English county side Surrey, was greater than initially thought. And while the surgery was a success and his rehab is on track, he concedes his recovery has "been a little bit slower than I'd certainly hoped for".

But despite still being three weeks away from bowling in the nets again, the 26-year-old denies he'll be underdone for the Pakistan series and acknowledges he'll have a major role to play if Australia are to win their first Test series in Asia since 2011.

"From my perspective and where I see the plan, I'll be fully fit for that tour," he told cricket.com.au.

"I've still got 12 weeks, I'll start bowling in three weeks so I'll be fully fit for that tour.

"My ankle is honestly feeling great and I've had no setbacks so far.

"I think the allrounder role is going to be really important if we're going to go with two spin options in those conditions."

In typically relaxed style, Marsh says "there was a fair bit going on in there" when specialists closely examined his left ankle after it had caused him significant pain during the latter stages of Australia's Test tour of South Africa.

What was going on, specifically, were bone spurs at both the front and back of his ankle, with surgeons needing to remove seven pieces of bone to alleviate the discomfort.

It's the second straight year that Marsh's off-season has consisted of surgery followed by an extensive period of rehabilitation; he required a shoulder operation in March last year that kept him on the sidelines for almost seven months and led - in his own words - to him bowling "powder puffs" early in his return to the bowling crease.

"It certainly took a fair while for me to find a bit of rhythm," he reflected earlier this year.

"I was quite impatient with my bowling when I came back. I thought I'd done a lot of hard work and it was going to be all good when I came back, but I was bowling powder puffs for a few months and that was quite frustrating."

And it's his long and chequered battle with his own body that has Marsh confident about his chances of recovering in time for the Pakistan series.

"I've been through it a few times now so it's nothing I don't know," he said.

"I'm not concerned. Where my body's at now, it's a lot more mature when it comes to being able to get up to speed a bit faster.

"I know that generally speaking, when I get up to my long run, I need about 4-6 weeks to start to feel my rhythm. That will give me plenty of time to do that."

Before the Pakistan series, Marsh will make a tentative return to bowling as captain of Australia A in two four-day matches in India in early September, a tour that will be a critical selection trial for a Test side looking to replace their trio of batsmen banned following the South African ball tampering scandal.

The allrounder acknowledges the series looms as selection shootout between several Test hopefuls, but that the heightened expectation should be embraced.

"When there's external pressure and hype around games where selection is on the line, I'll be using that as a dress rehearsal for the pressures of Test cricket from a mental perspective," he said.

"You've got to stick to your game plan ... and selection will take care of itself."

Australia A Tour of India

Australia A four-day squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain

Australia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth

Schedule

One-day fixtures in Vijayawada

17 August v India A
19 August v South Africa A
23 August v India A
25 August v South Africa A
29 August – Tri-Series Final


Four-day fixtures in Vizag

2 – 5 September v India A
8 – 11 September v India A


https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...-a-tour-india-pakistan-test-series/2018-07-12
 
UAE tour left Marsh ‘shattered’

Test allrounder rebounds from disappointing series against Pakistan with Shield century

Shattered by a dire Test series against Pakistan, Mitch Marsh believes he has exorcised his UAE demons with a fighting JLT Sheffield Shield century for Western Australia.

The maligned Test allrounder regained his mojo with a stirring 151 as the Warriors reached 7-450 at stumps on day three of their Shield clash with Queensland in Brisbane, grabbing an unlikely two-run overall lead.

Warriors captain Marsh - dropped on Sunday on 41 - shared a 185-run, sixth-wicket stand with Will Bosisto (132 not out) as the visitors recovered from 3-42 to reel in the Bulls' 9-448(dec) first innings total.

The knives were out for Marsh ahead of Australia's Test series against India starting next month after his horror recent run against Pakistan in UAE.

Marsh cut a frustrated figure after making just 30 runs at 7.50 in their 1-0 Test series loss to Pakistan.

It prompted selectors to surprisingly overlook him for Australia's one-day series against South Africa and demand Shield form.

"It is very satisfying. I came home shattered after the UAE series because I had worked so hard but it didn't come off for me," Marsh said of his 10th first class ton.

"I have been in and out of national squads for the last five years and you learn to deal with that pressure of trying to score runs (to keep spot), it is about enjoying it.

"My only goal was to play with a smile on my face and enjoy being around the group - I am pleased I was able to do that."

Marsh is full of confidence after addressing a worrying LBW problem and flourishing on an Allan Border Field deck similar to the UAE wickets that found him wanting.

"I tinkered with a few things with my batting when I got home (from UAE)," Marsh said.

"This is a similar wicket to Dubai ...(so) to be able to spend that amount of time in the middle here and be in a big partnership for WA is really special."

Marsh said a key tweak was keeping his lanky frame more balanced at the crease after he was dismissed LBW three times in four innings by Pakistan.

"I got out being hit on the pads three times... so I had to (stay balanced at crease) and play with more intent," he said.

"I think I lost my intent in UAE.

"That's when I play my best cricket. Not just hitting the ball hard and hitting fours but with intent in defence.

"When I have that mentality I know I am good enough."

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...effield-shield-warriors-highlights/2018-11-06
 
Fitness issues, personal loss, public criticism – Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh put it all behind him to finish day one of the fifth Ashes Test with a career-best 4/35.

Having run drinks all through the series before Thursday, 12 September, it was as if "Christmas" had come when he was named in the XI for the final Test. Given the licence to attack by coach Justin Langer, Marsh was confident, quick, and got the Dukes ball to swing, scalping the wickets of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.

Marsh's performance not only helped keep England to 271/8 by stumps, it also papered over lapses on the field and seemed to back Tim Paine's unexpected decision to bowl first.

The all-rounder, playing his first Test since last year's Boxing Day Test against India, was delighted with his comeback. He saw it as the product of five months of hard work and felt it justified the lifestyle changes he was forced to make after he lost his way a little.

"I lost a close friend to suicide. When things like that happen, I didn't handle it as well as I could have," Marsh said, looking back on a difficult year. "It transitioned into my cricket at times as well. I understand everyone goes through tough periods in their life – I certainly didn't handle that as best as I could.

"To have gone through that and got through the summer the way that I did, and finish for WA [Western Australia], I knew I still had a love for the game. It was a tough summer last year, I tried to put it behind me as quickly as possible.

Most of Australia hate me. But hopefully they can respect me for the fact I keep coming back. Hopefully I win them over one day.
Mitchell Marsh

"When you play cricket and you want to do well and it doesn't work out, it's very easy to get down on yourself," he went on. "I was certainly at that stage, so I did a lot of work with our sports psychologist Matt Burgin at WA about detaching myself from the outcome, working as hard as I can, getting as fit as I can and preparing well."

Fitness has been a big part of Marsh's comeback. Both Langer and Paine have urged him to get fitter and do for Australia what Ben Stokes does for England. Marsh said he'd taken on board the suggestion, and while he had always eaten healthy – "My body just likes to put on weight easily, and my mum likes to feed me" – he has cut down on portion sizes.

"I certainly worked hard the last five months to get an opportunity again. As a professional athlete, when you have setbacks, you think the worst, think you might not play again after the summer I had last year," he explained. "I wanted to come here and have a positive influence on the group."

Playing his 32nd Test in a start-stop red-ball career, Marsh has been a divisive pick for Australian fans, but he remains determined to give it his best and maybe, finally, win the public over.

"Most of Australia hate me," he joked. "Australians are passionate, they love their cricket, they want people to do well. There's no doubt that I've had a lot of opportunity at Test level and I haven't quite nailed it, but hopefully they can respect me for the fact I keep coming back.

"I love playing for Australia, I love wearing the baggy green cap. I keep trying. Hopefully, I win them over one day."

https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1341785
 
5fer in the 5th Test - excellent stuff
 
Australian Mitch Marsh was nervously waiting Monday to see how badly he has hurt his bowling hand after punching a dressing room wall in frustration during a weekend Sheffield Shield game.

The Western Australia all-rounder, who was recalled to the Test side for the final game of the Ashes against England last month, was on his way to a big score Sunday against Tasmania when he was caught and bowled for 53.

The match ended in a draw and Marsh took his frustrations out on the changing room, with reports that he may have fractured his hand.

"Western Australian captain Mitch Marsh injured his hand during (Sunday's) Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the WACA ground," said a statement from his team.

"Marsh sustained the injury when he struck the wall in the changerooms following his dismissal earlier in the day.

"The extent of the injury and a time frame on his return will be determined later this week after further investigation."

Western Australia's next match is against Victoria on Friday and missing it would be setback to Marsh's chances of further impressing selectors ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, which gets under way in Brisbane on November 21.

He was in the frame to retain his place in the side after taking 7-86 in the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval.

https://www.france24.com/en/20191014-australia-s-mitch-marsh-injures-bowling-hand-punching-wall
 
Again, this is where I disagree with Misbah about an all-rounder having to be a Test class batsman OR bowler.

Nope.

I’ll be happy if my Number 6 can average 35 with both bat and ball, and score 60 runs and take 3 wickets in every Test.

I want him to be half a batsman and half a bowler.
 
PERTH: Australian Mitch Marsh was nervously waiting on Monday to see how badly he has hurt his bowling hand after punching a dressing room wall in frustration during a weekend Sheffield Shield game.

The Western Australia all-rounder, who was recalled to the Test side for the final game of the Ashes against England last month, was on his way to a big score on Sunday against Tasmania when he was caught and bowled for 53.

The match ended in a draw and Marsh took his frustrations out on the changing room, with reports that he may have fractured his hand.

“Western Australian captain Mitch Marsh injured his hand during [Sunday’s] Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania at the WACA ground,” said a statement from his team.

“Marsh sustained the injury when he struck the wall in the changerooms following his dismissal earlier in the day.

“The extent of the injury and a time frame on his return will be determined later this week after further investigation.”

Western Australia’s next match is against Victoria on Friday and missing it would be setback to Marsh’s chances of further impressing selectors ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, which gets under way in Brisbane on Nov 21.

He was in the frame to retain his place in the side after taking 7-86 in the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval.

Link: https://www.dawn.com/news/1510953/marsh-injures-bowling-hand-punching-wall.
 
Mitchell Marsh will miss the start of Australia's Test summer after punching a wall and breaking his bowling hand.

The incident occurred after the Western Australia all-rounder was dismissed in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania on Sunday.

Marsh said it was an "uncharacteristic" and "isolated" incident that would not happen again.

"Sometimes you get beaten, sometimes you get out, and you can't be punching walls," he said.

"It's a good lesson for me, hopefully it's a good lesson for other people as well."

Marsh, who was wearing his gloves when he punched the wall and broke his right hand, will be out for four to six weeks.

Australia's first Test of the home summer against Pakistan starts on 21 November.

Marsh said Australia head coach Justin Langer had contacted him to "tell me I'm an idiot, basically".

"It's pretty uncharacteristic of me to want to punch a wall. I'm a pretty easygoing sort of bloke," Marsh, who also captains Western Australia, said.

"The point I wanted to stress to the lads [was] that I was really sorry and it's not an example I wanted to be setting."

Marsh had regained his Test spot for the final match of the Ashes series against England, where he took 5-46 in the first innings.

Western Australia coach Adam Voges said missing cricket would be "a huge punishment" for Marsh.

"We understand the frustrations that come from high profile and high-performance sport but, look, he needs to be better," Voges added.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/50052735
 
My wrist may never fully heal, concedes Marsh

Perth: Mitch Marsh fears his wrist may never fully heal, but has declared he will soon be able to bat and bowl at an optimum level as he eyes a return to major competition.

Marsh, 28, derailed his summer and potentially cost himself a Test berth after breaking his wrist punching a wall in frustration after getting out in a Sheffield Shield clash against Tasmania in October. He was wearing a glove at the time, and he knew straight away that he had suffered serious damage.

The talented allrounder required surgery and will return to lead the Perth Scorchers in their opening Big Bash League clash against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Wednesday. However, he will not bowl, meaning any hope he had a Test call-up, potentially for the third and final clash against New Zealand in Sydney should Australia opt for a second spinner, appears highly unlikely.

"It's been a long nine weeks so I am really pumped to get back into it," Marsh said on Sunday.

"I probably won't be bowling in matches for another week or two. I have only had a couple of bowls so it will take me a while to get going."

Marsh had won a recall for the final Ashes Test at the Oval where he claimed 5-46 in the first innings and seven wickets for the match. Travis Head had been axed to make way for Marsh, and either he or Matthew Wade could have found themselves out of the side for the home series against Pakistan should Marsh have been fit and enjoyed a strong start to the Sheffield Shield.

However, that debate expired when Marsh was hurt, meaning his next hope of adding to his 32 Tests will be on the mid-year tour of Bangladesh.

"It's been a pretty slow process. I was in a cast for close to six weeks, just to let the hand heal as best we could. Then the last couple of weeks I have tried picking up a bat. It was a little slow at the start but the last 10 days I have been able to hit a lot of balls. It has been good," he said.

"Obviously, my wrist will never be 100 per cent in terms of doing certain things, but playing cricket shots and holding a bat it's all good, so I am ready to go."

Asked if he would be restricted cricket-wise, Marsh replied: "That's just going off everyone who has had a wrist injury and they keep telling me you will never be 100 per cent. But, in all honesty, it feels fine. I am doing everything. I am fielding, bowling and batting."

Marsh's frustration was exacerbated by the fact it had been a self-inflicted wound. He later apologised to WA coach Adam Voges and his teammates.

"A lot of frustration – certainly early on. Injuries in sport, you learn to deal with and handle, but when you do it to yourself, it is a little bit different," Marsh said.

"Different emotions for me – it's certainly been a frustrating nine weeks watching cricket. Watching Western Australia play has probably been the hardest thing. It's all done now. I am looking forward to getting out and playing."

He will come up against older brother Shaun in Perth on Saturday for the first time since the latter defected from the Scorchers to the Renegades. Regardless of where Shaun bats, Mitch said he would take the ball and look to secure bragging rights.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sp...ully-heal-concedes-marsh-20191215-p53k4t.html
 
Marsh raises his bat after notching his 12th ODI fifty and fifth against England...

Holding the innings together for Australia.
 
He will be a top class limited overs player as long as Australia keep selecting him. He has shown today he is capable of rebuilding and has improved against spin. Rashid is the best LO spinner in the world and he has played him very well.
 
Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh is likely to be ruled out of the remainder of the IPL as the ankle injury he suffered during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore has turned out to be “serious”, team sources said on Tuesday.

Marsh was handed the ball by SRH captain David Warner to bowl the fifth over but he could bowl only four deliveries.

Marsh, whose career has been marred by a series of injuries, twisted his ankle in the second ball while trying to stop a drive by Aaron Finch in his follow through but managed to bowl two more balls before hobbling out.

He later, courageously, came out to bat at number 10 in SRH’s chase but it was evident that he was finding it even difficult to stand. SRH lost the game by 10 runs.

“It seems a serious injury. I am not sure if he be able to compete in any of the matches,” a team source told PTI.

The team has not yet officially commented on the extent of his injury.

It will be a huge loss for SRH, who may now consider bringing in 37-year-old Dan Christian, who has the experience of playing 40 IPL games during previous editions as a middle order batsman and a right arm seamer.

World number one T20 all-rounder Mohammed Nabi could get a look in into the playing XI.

SRH skipper Warner had praised his compatriot for coming out to bat despite being in pain.

“It doesn’t look great. A lot of courage from him to walk out there and try his best, but it was unfortunate tonight,” Warner told Star Sports. “Obviously, what you saw out there, it was quite painful, he can’t put any weight on it.”
 
Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 because of the ankle injury he sustained in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. West Indies cricketer Jason Holder has been named as the replacement for the all-rounder.

“Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out due to injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. Jason Holder will replace him for IPL 2020,” said a franchise statement.

In the first innings of the match that Hyderabad lost by 10 runs on Monday, SRH captain David Warner handed the ball to Marsh to bowl the fifth over but he could bowl only four deliveries.

The Australian all-rounder twisted his ankle in the second ball while trying to stop a drive by Aaron Finch in his follow-through but managed to bowl two more balls before hobbling out.

The 28-year-old later came out to bat at number 10 in SRH’s chase but he was dismissed for a golden duck after he exaggerated his injury trying to clear the ropes.

Meanwhile, Holder will come into the season after taking part in the Caribbean Premier League. He has so far been part of three IPL teams in the past, including Sunrisers. His last appearance in the lucrative T20 tournament was back in 2016 season, when he was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise.

https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/ipl/mitchell-marsh-srh-ruled-out-ankle-injury-6607674/
 
Mitch Marsh's nightmare scenario of being stuck in limbo in a Dubai hotel room has been averted after the allrounder secured a flight home to Australia.

Marsh was ruled out of the Indian Premier League after suffering an ankle injury in Sunrisers Hyderabad's tournament opener on Monday and faced the prospect of being forced to remain in the UAE given the current difficulties of arranging international travel at short notice.

But a Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed the Sunrisers had secured a flight for Marsh back to Perth that arrives Saturday evening. He will begin a 14-day quarantine period on arrival.

It will be a considerable relief for national selectors ahead of India's upcoming tour.

The other Australian players in the IPL are not due to fly home until after the final on November 10 and will likely be required to quarantine for two weeks on return.

Should Marsh recover from his ankle injury in time, he could return to captain Western Australia for some part of the early Sheffield Shield rounds, which CA confirmed this week will be played entirely in Adelaide from October 10.

The 28-year-old's departure marks an abrupt end of his maiden stint with the David Warner-captained Sunrisers, who purchased him for $408,000 at the player auction.

Marsh had bowled just two balls for his new franchise when he turned his ankle attempting to stop a ball in his follow through.

He later bravely came back out to bat at No.10 but went out first ball and was forced to limp off the field with the assistance of the Sunrisers physio for a second time during their defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Marsh has re-established himself in Australia's limited-overs sides this year, while he remains on the fringes of the Test team having taken a five-wicket haul in his most recent appearance in the Baggy Green for the final match of last year's Ashes.

He broke his hand in his only Sheffield Shield game last season during a "moment of madness" when he punched a wall in frustration, before missing the second half of the competition following his recall to Australia's white-ball teams.


Australia's Test top six looks largely settled and coach Justin Langer has flagged minimal changes to the side following their successful series victories over Pakistan and New Zealand last summer.

Only 12 players were used across the five Tests, with James Pattinson replacing the injured Josh Hazlewood for the Boxing Day and New Year's matches.

But selectors have previously called on Marsh when a fifth bowler has been required, particularly in more batter-friendly conditions, and the 32-Test veteran appears to be front of the queue in terms of seam-bowling allrounders, ahead of fellow Western Australians Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...nrisers-hyderabad-sheffield-shield/2020-09-26
 
Is he going to pick up a full pay cheques because of his injury?
 
Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh has revealed a hidden family tragedy that marred his only series as vice-captain of the national Test team.

The infamous ball-tampering scandal crippled the Australian cricket team in 2018, but it opened the door for Marsh to assert his authority as a leading figure within the Test side.

With Steve Smith and David Warner banned from the sport, the younger Marsh brother was appointed joint vice-captain of the Test team in their absence.

Just six months earlier, the West Australian had finally cemented his place in the national outfit with an Ashes century at the WACA, his home ground.

Australia’s first Test tour after the Cape Town saga was a two-match series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, and Marsh was tasked with batting at No. 4. But his first series as vice-captain was less rewarding than Marsh would have hoped, with the all-rounder receiving some heartbreaking news ahead of the first match in Dubai.

A close friend had tragically taken his own life.

“My good mate Jarvo, who was dating my cousin at the time, unfortunately got to a point in his life where that was the only option for him and it was extremely sad at the time,” Marsh told broadcaster Mark Howard on The Howie Games podcast.

“To get that news probably a week out from the first Test was very tough to deal with.

“I sort of felt guilty at that time being away from my family, being away from my cousin, and it was just unfathomable that he was gone, and I was away from home.

“If I’d had my time again, I definitely would have gone home, but I’d just been announced as vice-captain of the Test team; a huge honour.

“We had a reasonably young and different squad, so I really wanted to be there. And I was going to be batting at No. 4 that series, so in my head I was like, ‘It’s too good of an opportunity to give up’.

“I didn’t sleep for a whole week, going through something like that. Everyone deals with it differently, but I just couldn’t sleep, had a lot of thoughts running through my head.”

Mitchell Marsh opens up on hidden tragedy before ‘horrific’ form
Mitchell Marsh has revealed a hidden family tragedy was behind his “horrific” run after being named vice-captain of the Aussie Test side.

Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh has revealed a hidden family tragedy that marred his only series as vice-captain of the national Test team.

The infamous ball-tampering scandal crippled the Australian cricket team in 2018, but it opened the door for Marsh to assert his authority as a leading figure within the Test side.

With Steve Smith and David Warner banned from the sport, the younger Marsh brother was appointed joint vice-captain of the Test team in their absence.


Just six months earlier, the West Australian had finally cemented his place in the national outfit with an Ashes century at the WACA, his home ground.

Australia’s first Test tour after the Cape Town saga was a two-match series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, and Marsh was tasked with batting at No. 4. But his first series as vice-captain was less rewarding than Marsh would have hoped, with the all-rounder receiving some heartbreaking news ahead of the first match in Dubai.

Mitchell Marsh has represented Australia in 32 Test matches.

During a warm-up match against Pakistan A, Marsh cracked 17 boundaries and top-scored for the Australians with 162 from 298 balls.

But in the brutal conditions of the subcontinent, his heart went into atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that causes poor blood blow.

“Stupidly I didn’t even go off after that, because I just wanted to be playing cricket for Australia,” Marsh explained.

“I think all the stress and lack of sleep contributed to that, and then a couple of days later went into a Test match. And obviously my performances in that Test series were horrific.”

Horrific was putting it lightly.

Marsh finished the series with 30 runs to his name, averaging 7.50 with the bat and mustering a top score of 13. Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas tormented the right-hander, trapping him in front LBW on three occasions in four innings.

While Australia’s bowlers struggled to unearth swing or seam on the lifeless decks, Abbas rolled through the tourists with his subtle variation and relentless precision.

“Abbas seemed to have the ability to seam the ball on probably the flattest wicket of all time, and was all over me,” Marsh confessed.

“I’ve just got this distinct memory of fielding at deep point on the day of Jarvo’s funeral, and just thinking, ‘Is this all worth it? What am I doing here?’”

Australia ultimately lost the series 1-0, with Usman Khawaja’s heroics on day five of the first Test the lone highlight.

After serving as vice-captain for two matches, Marsh was brutally axed ahead of Australia’s next Test series against India on home soil, dropped for Victorian batter Peter Handscomb — the very player he had replaced 12 months earlier.

Marsh has only played two Test matches since.

“That sort of mentality sort of went throughout that whole summer. You come back into Australia and you’re under the pump,” he said.

“That was a very tough summer for me, both away from cricket dealing with something like that, and then on the field obviously I wasn’t performing, which made it tougher.”

Last month, Marsh was named in Australia’s 15-player squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which gets underway on Saturday, October 23.
 
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Fifty and Playing an excellent innings - possibly match winning for Australia!
 
He's finally fulfilled his promise in white ball cricket:

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He has really been a revelation for Australia and he performed on the big stage.

Those West Indies and Bangladesh tours ended up with losses, but the biggest positive was Marsh's form in those series. He has now cemented his place at 3 and won his country a major title. His intent has been his biggest strength - hitting your first ball for six is not something everybody does.
 
Crazy how much he has improved and for how long CA had his back because for a long time he looked like the definition of bits and pieces.

PCB could never back a player with potential for that long.
 
I could not agree LESS!

The point of Mitchell Marsh, if Steve Smith would use him properly as a bowler, is that he can bowl a 5 over spell in every session as fourth quick bowler in Australia (third quick in Asia) and keep the workload of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins/Pattinson nice and low so that they can stay fit.

His batting needs more work than his bowling, but if he can average 35 with the bat and 35 with the ball as a Test Number 6 then I would be happy.

Ideally, I would see every session in the field outside Asia as looking something like this:

First hour
With the wind: Starc 4 overs / Cummins 2 overs
Into the wind: Hazlewood 6 overs

Second hour
With the wind: Cummins 3 overs / Starc 3 overs
Into the wind: Marsh 4 overs / Lyon 2 overs

As the day goes on, Lyon would bowl more overs and the over-rate would improve.

My opinion just hasn't changed.

All three out of Wade, Mitch Marsh or Cameron Green would average around 30-35 with the bat in Test cricket.

But Marsh and Green offer you a 5 over spell with the ball in every bowling session, and both Green and Marsh bring the ball down from a great height (Marsh 193cm, Green 200cm).

The difference is that Green has yet to take a single Test wicket after bowling 40 overs in 4 Tests. Marsh has 42 wickets in 32 Tests at an average of 38, albeit aided by creative ball management strategies until the 2018 South African tour.
 
Carlos Brathwaite was the name on cricket fans’ lips at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2016 but five years later, it was another aggressive all-rounder who stole the Final show.

Brathwaite, 27 at the time, dramatically clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes to trigger those unforgettable words from Ian Bishop and indelibly etch his name into West Indian cricketing folklore.

It may not have been the heart-thumping finale of Eden Gardens 2016, but Mitchell Marsh’s power-packed second innings exploits in Dubai proved similarly decisive and finally ended Australia’s 14-year wait for an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy.

Marsh’s rise to the summit has been remarkable and is the triumph of hard work, perseverance but put simply: a staggering ability to see ball, hit ball and relentlessly thump brutal boundary after boundary.

Propelled up the Australian T20 order during their white-ball tour of the West Indies this summer, the 30-year-old ‘jumped’ at the prospect of batting No.3 and has taken the newfound responsibility in his stride to help guide them to global glory.

Marsh started as he meant to go on in the Caribbean back in July, striking back-to-back half-centuries in his first two innings in the position to outline his top order credentials with alacrity.

And further knocks of 75, 51 and 45 – twice – against West Indies and Bangladesh saw him arrive at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 brimming with batting confidence.

Turning it on when it matters on the World Cup stage is a different proposition altogether but Marsh, whose skilful seamers provide a further string to Australia’s bow, delivered in blistering style in the Middle East.

Innings of 53 and 28 against West Indies and Pakistan helped navigate his team to the final but Marsh saved his unequivocal best until last against New Zealand in Dubai.

Kane Williamson’s Black Caps put a competitive 172 for 4 on the board and while the Kiwi skipper composed a masterly 85 of those runs – his 48-ball innings was the fastest half-century in an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final – few would have imagined his knock would be eclipsed at the halfway stage.

Arriving at the crease in just the third over after the dismissal of captain Aaron Finch, Marsh kickstarted the fireworks in style by hammering Adam Milne for a six with his very first delivery.

And back-to-back fours off the Black Caps seamer soon took his tally to a thrilling 14 off just three balls.

Aided by David Warner’s 53 off 38, Marsh soon set about anchoring the Australian innings and there was simply no stopping him by the time the middle overs entered full swing.

The born-again No.3 helped himself to breath-taking maximums off Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner to help bring up a crucial fifty partnership with Warner and leave New Zealand with a mountain to climb.

Warner – crowned Player of the Tournament – was sent packing by a full and straight delivery from Trent Boult but that did nothing to inhibit the majestic Marsh, who continued to dispatch the Black Caps attack to all quarters of the Dubai International Stadium.

And that steered Australia to their maiden ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title as the player from Perth perfectly vindicated that faith the selectors had shown in him earlier this year.

Josh Hazlewood had taken an intelligent three for 16 – the joint-best figures for a seamer in an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final – to helped restrict New Zealand but there was no doubt it was Marsh who emerged as the star of the show.

He captured the hearts of a cricketing nation in the middle of the Australian night to finally banish their T20I hoodoo, cement his place in tournament history and follow in those storied footsteps of Brathwaite on the biggest stage of all.
 
Him and Hammad Azam were stand out perfomers in the under 19 world cup they played together. Both had similar roles batting all rounders who could bowl medium pace and finish the game for their country while batting. While Marsh has gone on to win the world cup for Australia, Hammad Azam is in USA seeking a career there. Sad
 
Hobart Hurricanes vs Perth Scorchers, 12th Match

Mitch Marsh scores 100* (60)
 
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been taken to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 while at the Indian Premier League.

Marsh's IPL team the Delhi Capitals said his condition is being "closely monitored" by their medical staff.

There have been further cases at the Capitals but all are asymptomatic.

Marsh, 30, played his first game at this year's IPL on Saturday when he featured in the Capitals' 16-run defeat by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The remaining members of the Capitals squad are isolation in their hotel rooms and will be tested regularly, the team said.

The Capitals are due to play the Punjab Kings on Wednesday in their next fixture.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/61144968
 
Brilliant knock by Mitch Marsh today, finished on 89 (62) after starting slowly scoring only 2 runs in his first 10 balls
 
Don't understand why he wasn't picked for The Hundred? Shane Warne had said he was going to select him but London Spirit made other choices after Shane's tragic death. Marsh can be devastating in white ball cricket.
 
Another good knock - Mitchell Marsh c Rishi Dhawan b Rabada 63(48)
 
Mitch Marsh has put his Indian "curse" behind him after a strong IPL campaign under T20 guru Ricky Ponting reaffirmed his new-found belief that he can match it with the world's best cricketers.

Marsh will resume the No.3 position, which he now says feels like "my position in T20 cricket", in Australia's upcoming T20 series in Sri Lanka which will mark his first international appearances since the side's World Cup triumph in the UAE last November.

The fact the allrounder was entrusted by Delhi Capitals coach Ponting to bat in the coveted first-drop spot in the world's leading T20 league highlights how highly rated the one-time whipping boy of Australian cricket has become.

After an interrupted start to the tournament, Marsh repaid the faith with 251 runs at a strike-rate of 132.80 as he and opener David Warner formed the backbone of Delhi's top-order in an otherwise middling campaign for the club.

Marsh has constantly commanded big bucks at the IPL auction but seldom had a strong run of games; injuries affected his participation at the 2016, 2017 and 2020 tournaments, he pulled out of the 2021 campaign due to bubble fatigue and then contracted COVID-19 in April.

"After my first couple of weeks there I thought that I was cursed in India," he told reporters from Colombo on Saturday.

"I got through my initial injury – which was very minor – but then to play one game and get COVID, it was a bit of a shaky start but once I got going it was nice to put a few consistent performances on the board. I absolutely loved my time there."

The continued development of the Warner-Marsh union bodes well for Australia's World Cup defence later this year, with a match-winning 144-run stand against finalists Rajasthan Royals a highlight of the Capitals' tournament.

Marsh also pitched in with four wickets at 25, joking that he had demanded the new ball from captain Aaron Finch when the T20s against Sri Lanka begin on Tuesday. The paceman is nonetheless aware he now has a larger role to play with the ball in Australia's preferred T20 team line-up of only four specialist bowlers.

He also lauded the role of Ponting in reinforcing his own confidence.

"Everyone speaks about him so much and what he's achieved in the game, but I got a real sense of how much he cares for his players – I guess that's probably what he was like as a captain and a leader of a team," Marsh said of the former Australia skipper.

"Just the way he makes you feel – he made me feel like I was a really important player for Delhi. You gain confidence from that when a leader instils that sort of confidence in you."

Not that Marsh has needed much help in that regard.

Aaron Finch and Justin Langer's left-field decision to promote him to three in a depleted Australian team on tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh last year proved a masterstroke.

The right-hander delivered on the biggest stage, blasting 77 off 50 balls to ice a significant run chase in the World Cup final in Dubai.

Those preceding tours were the first glimpses of his improvements against spin bowing – previously a self-admitted weakness in short-form game – and now boasts a strike-rate above 120 against slow bowling in T20s over the last year.

"It's been a pretty crazy 12 months," said Marsh, who also won a KFC BBL title with the Perth Scorchers over that time. "A lot's happened, and I've certainly loved playing as much cricket for Australia consistently.

"Reflecting on the last 12 months, I've gotten a bit older, gained a bit more experience, I've started to understand what works for me when it comes to preparation and going into each game feeling as good as I possibly can.

"I've spoken about how international cricket is really hard. But you've got to believe that you belong here and I think over the last 12 months, I've really gained the belief that my best can match it with anyone in the world.

"All the best players in the world have that mentality."

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/mit...-international-cricket-ipl-ponting/2022-06-04
 
Another key member in Australia's playing group will miss the summer of cricket Down Under through injury.

Mitchell Marsh has elected to undergo surgery on his ankle in a bid to be fit for next year's ICC Men's Cricket World Cup in India, and will likely miss Australia's tour of India at the end of the home season.

Marsh has endured recurring issues of the left ankle, with persistent pain almost curtailing his T20 World Cup campaign on home soil.

The 31-year-old is to have keyhole surgery to remove loose bone fragments, and repair cartilage in a bid to be fully fit.

Marsh was not selected in Australia's home Test squad to take on the West Indies, but was a travelling member of Australia’s most recent tour of Asia, a two-match series against Sri Lanka in July. Marsh has not played a Test match since the 2019 Ashes, though the all-rounder was firming to tour India for Australia's Border-Gavaskar series, a pivotal series in Australia's World Test Championship final push.

Australian chair of selectors George Bailey said in a statement: “Mitchell is an important member of our squads, and we will support him through his recovery period and we are hopeful he will be available for Australian selection for the ODI series against India in March.

“In undertaking the surgery now, it gives Mitchell the best chance to recover and resume his all-rounder skillset which is an important part of our plans for the upcoming year and beyond.”

Marsh joins fellow all-rounder Glenn Maxwell who will also watch from the sidelines after a freak injury in mid-November.

Maxwell fell and fractured left fibula in an innocuous fall at a friend's house after Australia's unsuccessful T20 World Cup defence.

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All-rounder Mitch Marsh will get the first chance of becoming Aaron Finch's successor as Australia's T20 captain after he was announced as skipper for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa.

Finch retired from T20I cricket earlier this year after a successful 76-match stint as captain that was highlighted by guiding Australia to the ICC Men's T20 World Cup title in Dubai in 2021 and selectors have taken their time on settling on his replacement.

Marsh will be given first crack on winning the top job, with the talented all-rounder named captain for the T20 component of Australia's white-ball tour of South Africa that commences later this month.

While Marsh has only been named as skipper for the upcoming South Africa tour, chief selector George Bailey believes the 31-year-old is capable of holding the job on a full-time basis.

"Mitch has long been a senior player within the white-ball structure, with this an opportunity for him to add to his leadership skills at international level," Bailey said.

"We look forward to him taking that step in South Africa."

Marsh will lead a new-look squad for the three-match T20I component of the tour, with selectors naming a host of fresh faces among their squad for what will be their first 20-over matches since last year's T20 World Cup.

All-rounder Aaron Hardie, opening batter Matt Short and left-arm quick Spencer Johnson are all in line for an international debut during the three-match series, with Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Marsh the only players in the squad that played at Australia's most recent T20I last year.

Marsh previously captained Australia to success at the ICC Men's Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2010 and has experience leading his state Western Australia at domestic level.

Australia T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa

Schedule:
First T20I: August 30: Durban
Second T20I: September 1: Durban
Third T20I: September 3: Durban

ICC
 
“Bison” Marsh having a very good time of it at the moment. Looked like a particularly handy bowler and a solid, highly destructive batsman in the recent Ashes.
 
Marsh looking good today. Fitting into a Shane Watson roll now by opening the batting and bowing a few handy overs of pace. Perhaps Australia won't miss Head too much
 
He has missed a lot of matches and many tournaments because of his fitness issues but going into this World Cup, he is fully fit and has been in pretty good form especially with the bat. This could be the World Cup when he shines at the biggest stage and become one of the great all-round cricketers of this era.
 
Brute of a batsman, its amazing to see that he has rediscovered himself in all the formats, he used to be a steady player more like his brother but now he actually plays like how he should have, taking full advantage of his big frame, even in Ashes he hit a super quick century, Bazball is showing its effects not only in England but also in other countries.
 
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