Mitch Marsh on Tuesday confirms he is very much on track to be match fit for bowling within the week in a practice match against India before the T20 World Cup starts. He remains positive about a successful performance in the World Cup with his return to the bowling.
Marsh made a comeback from his ankle injury after a month against the West Indies on the Gold Coast last Wednesday. In the first T20I against England in Perth, he smashed 36 off 26 balls and looked in good touch. While he didn’t bowl in two matches he played since return, he bowled extensively during the training on Sunday.
Stoinis also returned from an injury against England on Sunday. Marsh is happy with his his fellow bowling three overs and pulling it up well on his comeback. Having known the importance of four overs that Captain Finch draws from the all-round options of Stoinis, Maxwell and Marsh, he said it is good to have all of us back.
“It was great see him back – there’s been a bit of noise about Stoin but seeing him come back and play the way he did, none of us in our team were surprised,” Marsh told reporters at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.
“And to get a few overs under his belt, it’s really important for our team so it’s nice to have him back. I love the role that Stoin, Maxi (Maxwell) and I have, and we know that we’re going to get four overs out of us. Some days it’s Stoin, some days it’s me, some days it’s Maxi and I think that flexibility you see (in) the best T20 teams in the world over the last five to six years.”
“So we understand how important we are and we’re almost a team within a team. And I think that’s what makes us a really good team is we’re all unselfish, we play our roles and hopefully we come together on November 13.”
“With Stoin back bowling now it’s a bit of a luxury and we can work as a team and really build towards the World Cup,” the right-armer said. “Hopefully I’ll get a few good bowls in this week and then it’ll be ready to go.”
Mitchell Marsh had been cleared about his ambitions to bat for Australia at No.3 since last year. Since he has been batting at number three, Marsh has been one of the better performers for Australia. The 31-year-old Marsh hogged the limelight in the last World Cup finals with his match winning 50-ball 77 not out which steered Australia to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand.
When asked about his preparations for batting at number three, he said,” I’ve just been able to prepare really well for a long period of time, get a lot of experience in different scenarios batting at No.3 and I’m absolutely loving it. I’m just super clear before I go out to bat. I think it happens for a lot of people once they cement their spot in the team. I knew that in the West Indies (last year) that I was going to be batting three so I had months to prepare for that. I went in there really clear and obviously took that opportunity. From then on every T20 that I’ve played I’ve batted No.3 and it just allows (me) to prepare really well. I love batting in the Powerplay, I’ve had some really great partnerships with Davey (Warner) which really helps you just settle and get into the game.”
“I think the team’s also been really settled certainly from the (last) World Cup and leading into this World Cup now, apart from the last month where we’ve had guys in and out, it feels like a really settled group and I feel like a really important part of that.”
Australia squad (second and third T20Is): Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa