“Still A Month, Three Weeks Away From Bowling In Games” – Mitchell Marsh To Play As A Specialist Batter In India ODIs

The 31-year-old Australia National Cricket Team all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has confirmed that he will not be bowling in the upcoming ODI series against India National Cricket Team and will play as a specialist batter.

India and Australia are all set to play a three-match ODI series. The first ODI will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 17, the second ODI is set to be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on March 19 and the third ODI scheduled to be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk in Chennai on March 22.

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Mitchell Marsh recently made a comeback to competitive cricket after a three-month injury layoff. Notably, he just recovered from keyhole surgery on his left ankle.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the ODI series opener against India, Mitchell Marsh said that he has no plans of rushing back and is likely to return to bowling in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

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“(I) won’t be bowling this series. (I’m) probably still a month, three weeks away from bowling in games. I’m building towards the IPL. It’s certainly not something I’m rushing back. We’ve got a lot of options in our team at the moment and a lot of cricket to play this year. The reason I had the surgery was to prolong my career as an allrounder and won’t be rushing back,” Mitchell Marsh told reporters, as quoted by TOI.

“Anytime you get a long layoff through injury for me it’s been really important to make sure I come back a better version of myself. I feel that way right now, feel really good. It was nice to be able to play some games for WA, get some miles in the legs. Feeling great and hopefully I contribute to a few wins,” Mitchell Marsh said.

Mitchell Marsh added that winning in India against an outstanding Indian team is always very difficult for the visiting teams.

“It’s always a difficult place to win. The Indian one-day team is outstanding and they play very well at home. We’ve also got a very good side here, going to be a great contest. Hopefully, we can play some good cricket and entertain some big crowds,” Mitchell Marsh said.

Steve Smith is here to stay, I am declaring it – Mitchell Marsh on Smith’s retirement

The modern-day batting great Steve Smith has hinted at his early retirement from cricket a few times. However, Mitchell Marsh has declared that Smith is here to stay and he is not going to retire anytime soon.

“Have I got captaincy aspirations? No. I think Steve has hinted a few times that he might retire soon, he is just keeping everyone on their toes. He is here to stay, I am declaring it,” Marsh said.

Australia National Cricket Team have got three top-quality fast-bowling all-rounders – Mitchell Marsh, Cameron Green and Marcus Stoinis – who provide great flexibility and batting depth to the side.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh has said that having top-quality all-rounders in the team is very important. He added that the presence of supremely talented all-rounders in the setup would give Australia an edge in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be held in India.

“As an allrounder, I think it’s vitally important they play all three of us…that’s a joke,” he grinned.

“For the balance of our team, having as many allrounders in here as we can is really important for the structure we line up with. We’ve seen really good teams in the past, England have guys batting at No. 8 who are genuine batters, and it gives you the ability to either set really big totals or chase big totals.

“I think we’ll see that in this series. Hopefully, there’ll be a lot of runs scored, and looking forward to the World Cup, just the way cricket is played here in the white-ball format, you’ll have to chase or make big scores. The more flexibility and depth you can have with your batting line-up, I think it will be really important,” he said.

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