14/04/2024

Mitch Marsh is raring to deliver in the top order for Australia in the upcoming T20 World Cup (Photo - Cricket Australia)

Mitch Marsh is as confident as ever, and is eyeing off the first drop batting spot for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

No time is better than now for Mitchell Marsh, as he feels prepared to take the upcoming T20 World Cup by storm after touching down in the United Arab Emirates.

The West Australian arrives in strong form, having performed wonderfully in limited overs series in both the West Indies and Bangladesh before notching 111 in the opening match of WA’s Marsh Cup campaign.

After playing a handful of influential innings for Australia in the number three spot while fellow top order batters Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell weren’t available, Marsh isn’t fussed about potentially relenting the spot.

“I feel really good, obviously it was nice to spend an expended period of time at home preparing for this World Cup,” Marsh said.

“I’ve said a number of times now over the last few months, whatever role I’m given in this team I’ll do to the best of my ability.

“If that’s at three or in the middle order, I’ll have to wait and see, but I’m just looking forward to whatever opportunity I get.”

Despite being unsure about whether he’ll get a chance to lead the Aussie World Cup campaign from first drop, the all-rounder is confident that if he features in the tournament, then he’ll be listed at number three.

“I dare say that if I play in this tournament, I’ll be listed at number three,” he said.

“I think I’ll be up the top if I do play but it’s about being adaptable and being able to float.”

The key behind Marsh’s newfound success in the West Indies and Bangladesh series can be attributed to working on playing spin.

From the “rotation of strike” in the middle overs in white ball cricket to ensuring he has plenty of boundary options, Marsh credits fellow teammate Adam Zampa for constructive conversations around his approach to spin bowling.

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“For me it was just about trying to continually get better, I’ve worked really hard on my game against spin,” Marsh said.

“The conversations I had with ‘Zamps’ [Zampa] were about where he thought I could get better and it was awesome to have those chats with him.

“I felt like I played spin really well in the West Indies and even in Bangladesh on some of those tough wickets, so I’ll continue to have those chats with Zamps and Ashton Agar.”

But the West Australian doesn’t have to look very far for inspiration, singling out state teammate and new inclusion Josh Inglis as the perfect role model for playing quality spin bowling. Having shared in Inglis’ excitement at his national squad selection, Marsh is keen to see what the aggressive keeper-batter can bring to the team.

“We’ve seen over the last couple of seasons what a talent he is with both the bat and gloves – his ability to adapt and move into the middle order will hold him in good stead for international cricket,” Marsh said.

“He hits to funny parts of the ground, and I think all good players of spin these days hit over cover, which he is extremely good at.”

After recently getting engaged with his partner and spending an extended period of time preparing for the World Cup from his home in Western Australia, Marsh is as refreshed as ever ahead of a busy summer of cricket. Now more confident in himself, the all-rounder is trusting his preparation ahead of the high-stakes tournament.

“I know that if I go into a game prepared then it holds me in good stead to play it well,” Marsh said.

“It’s helped me in recent series, and I hope it helps me in this World Cup.”

Australia’s first match in the World Cup is on October 23 against South Africa. A warm up match against New Zealand is scheduled for October 19.

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