Mitchell Marsh, the Western Australia allrounder, says he is “really confident” in his game and hopes to emulate older brother Shaun’s deeds if selected in Australia’s third Test team as the hosts aim to regain the Ashes in Perth.
The WA captain replaced quick Chadd Sayers in Australia’s 13-man squad and will be vying for a spot with out-of-form No.5 Peter Handscomb, who has made just 62 runs from three innings in the series. After a crushing 120-run victory in Adelaide, Australia can regain the ‘Urn’ with victory at the WACA – a venue England haven’t won a Test at since 1978.
Marsh has not played for Australia since injuring his shoulder during the tour of India earlier this year but starred as a specialist batsman in WA’s triumph in the JLT One-Day Cup and excelled in the Sheffield Shield with recent scores of 141 and 95.
The 26-year-old returned to bowling in WA’s Shield game against Queensland at the WACA recently, where he took 2 for 49. He has played 21 Tests and averages 21.74 with the bat and taken 29 wickets at 37.48.
“I’m feeling really confident in my game at the moment so it’s a great feeling,” Marsh told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday (December 7). “As an allrounder in the Australian team with our attack, I’m obviously not going to be bowling 30 to 40 overs a game.
“But I’ve worked hard over the last eight months to get my body into a position where I’m now playing again as an allrounder so that’s really exciting,” he added.
Often maligned, Marsh believed he was a better player after a stuttering start to his Test career. “That’s all part of playing Test match cricket, playing cricket at the highest level,” he said. “You go through troughs and right now I’m feeling really confident in my game.”
If Marsh does get the nod over Handscomb, his brother Shaun would likely move up a spot to No.5 and ensure they play in the final Ashes Test at the WACA. Shaun has made a successful Test comeback and was named man-of-the-match in the second Test after a brilliant first innings century.
“When you’re playing cricket for Australia there are a lot of distractions outside the inner sanctum but (Shaun) is just really concentrating right now and it’s great to see,” Marsh said. “Last year I wasn’t performing at my best and in the game of cricket you can get pretty down on yourself. I’ve come to realise that the game of cricket is just a game. I’m here to play and I’m here to do my best for the team.
“As long as I prepare well and do everything I can I know now that I’ll be able to do a job for Australia,” he added.
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