Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels that the upcoming three-ODI series against India will be a ripping one given that the no.1 and no.2 ranked teams in ICC rankings will clash against one another with the first ODI to be played in Mumbai on March 17, 2023.
India won the T20I series against Australia in September last year 2-1 and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 2-1, to win the trophy for the fourth consecutive time. However, the focus now shifts to the 50-over format given that this is an ODI World Cup year which will be played in India in October-November.
This three-match ODI series will give Australia a glimpse at what conditions they will be playing in in the World Cup and an opportunity for them to play different combinations as well.
Talking about playing in Mumbai in heated and humid conditions, Marsh said that he should be well-acclimatized and said that this series should be a ripping one.
“Always a pleasure, love coming here, beautiful to be back in India. Back home for me in Perth, it’s been one of the hotter months we’ve had, hopefully I am a little bit acclimatised. It’s certainly feeling very hot out here in the sun. Feeling really good, had a bit of a layoff, was able to get some domestic games back in Perth. Feeling really confident ahead of this. Should be a ripping series – No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the world – so it should be great,” Marsh said in the pre-match talk to commentators.
I Am Playing As A Pure Batter: Mitchell Marsh
Ahead of the first ODI in Mumbai, Mitchell Marsh fielded questions from the reporters and talked about his own fitness given that he was coming off an injury. He confirmed that he will not be bowling in the ODI series and playing as a pure batter as he worked towards building his bowling side of aspect.
“I am (playing as a pure batter). Probably a couple of weeks away from bowling. Just allowing the ankle to have a full rehabilitation and hope I’ll be back bowling at some stage during the IPL. It’s always a beautiful place to play, hopefully we can all cash in,” Marsh was quoted by Cricbuzz.
Meanwhile, Australia lost the toss and were asked to bat first by India captain Hardik Pandya who is making his debut as the ODI captain.
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