Two all rounders in the XI could give Australia an edge
The term “all rounder” is a term which is used quite often in the game. The presence of an all rounder in the test side means that a team has covered two major aspects by using just one commodity. However, things get even better for the team, when there are likely to be two all rounders in the playing XI.
That can be precise the case with Australia, ahead of their test series against Sri Lanka, away from home. Mitchell Marsh and Moises Henriques both have been in fine form off late, and one can expect the duo to carry that to Sri Lanka. With the bat, both are quite reliable and from the bowling front as well, the duo can efficiently assist the main pacers. In a chat with the press, spinner Steven O’ Keefe admitted that having two all rounders in the team was a big boon. “There’s some good allrounders in that squad – why can’t you play them all if they’re good enough?” O’Keefe said.
“Mitch Marsh is an exciting talent. We’ve already seen how well he can play and he’s only going to improve. The experience he’s already got in the national team is amazing, and he’s made a hundred for Australia in the one-day form in big-game cricket, so he’s just going to get better. “And it’s the same with Moises. His game has improved to the point that he’s a reliable top-order batter,” the left arm spinner added.
“You’ve got two guys who are playing good cricket, they’re improving, and right now is probably their time to grab their chances. “I really think there could be a spot for both. If you could fit those two blokes into your top seven, why wouldn’t you have that?”
Mitchell Marsh admitted that competition among the all rounders was a good sign for the team. “It’s always nice to have competition in the ranks and we have quite a few good allrounders at the moment. You always have to perform. “I think on a tour like Sri Lanka, the more allrounders the better because it gives you an opportunity to play more spinners if the wicket’s going to be turning.”
“Moises has worked extremely hard. He’s been a little unlucky throughout his career with injury but I’m sure he’s going to jump at the opportunity to be back on tour with Australia. “I get along great with him. While he’s the same sort of player to me, he also has a lot of experience so I’ll be learning a lot off him. “It’s great to have him back in the squad and he deserves it,” Marsh added.
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