14/04/2024

Mitch Marsh. Picture: cricket.com.au

After an impressive performance against the West Indies, Mitch Marsh is ready to take on Pakistan in the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Fresh from an incredible performance against the West Indies that helped Australia secure an eight-wicket victory, Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has played an integral part in securing Australia’s place in the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Marsh is enjoying life at number three and on Monday praised the team comradery and said the players have bonded well together.

“There are good vibes in this team right now and we have some momentum going into the semi-finals,” he said.

He added his Aussie teammates love a challenge and enjoy “playing against the best in the world and can’t wait for the challenge” that awaits them.

Having debuted in 2011 and represented Australia in all three forms of the game, he was shattered to be omitted from the side that played England.

However, while he was bitterly disappointed to miss last week’s T20 World Cup pool match against England, he maintained his positive attitude and focused on coach Justin Langer’s mantra of “staying ready and you are always a lot closer than you think.”

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Marsh was recalled for Australia’s ensuing win over Bangladesh and did not disappoint.

He went on to perform in both the match against Bangladesh and then the Aussies’ last T20 World Cup pool clash against the West Indies.

After scoring a vital knock of 53 with the bat, he showed he was handy with the ball too, as he went on to record 0-16 from three overs.

As for the challenge that lies ahead, Marsh appreciates the Aussies will need to play their best to win.

“Whoever turns up on the day, anyone can beat anyone so that is what is going to be really exciting about these finals. There’s four amazing teams in there,” he said.

Standing in the way of Australia’s World Cup final berth is the in-form Pakistan and Marsh was not about to discount the strength of the opponent.

“Obviously they are a very good cricket side, all-round team, plenty of depth in their batting and plenty of options with the ball so they’re obviously a very good team, undefeated so far and it is going to be a great contest,” he said.

“We’re certainly really confident at the moment and preparing well for games.”

Australia’s clash with Pakistan gets underway on Friday at 1:00am AEDT.

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