Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels that his chances of getting back into the Test team are on the less despite performing well in the ODI series against New Zealand. Marsh helped Australia to an 116-run victory over New Zealand on Tuesday where he remained unbeaten on 76 of 40 balls batting first. Marsh’s wonderful effort in the middle order helped the Aussies regain the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in style amidst tough times in the longer format of the game.
Mitchell has been out of the Test side since the first Test match against South Africa resulting in an Australian loss. Marsh’s Test form has not been as good as his ODI form where he averages 38.68. The middle order batsman could only surpass 50 two times in 19 Tests and his average in tests stands at 23.18 which is below standard. Marsh finds it difficult to explain the difference in form.
Mitchell was quoted, “If I knew, I probably wouldn’t have been dropped from the Test team.”
“That’s probably something I’ve got to work out over the next few months. I’ve obviously got the Big Bash but throughout that period, you’ve got a lot of time to work on your game so I’ll certainly be doing that.”
“Hopefully in the second half of the year when I get a chance in the (Sheffield) Shield, I can perform. I’m not in a rush to get back in the Test side but I know that I’ve got to score runs to get back, so that’s all I want to do.”
Marsh is likely to be not selected in the side for the three Test matches against Pakistan which gets off the mark from next Thursday at Brisbane but he might get into the team ahead of the series against India because of his experience in the subcontinent.
Marsh wants to play his natural attacking game regardless of the format during the summer.
“When you’re not scoring runs, you tend to try playing with things in the nets to try and make something work,” Marsh said
I think in red-ball cricket, over the last couple of years, I probably haven’t played my natural game.
For me, I’m a hitter of the cricket ball. Probably over the next few months, I’m just going to bat like that and really back myself.
“I might get out a few ugly ways at times but I feel like it’s going to give me the best chance to score runs and score big runs.”
According to Marsh, Australia wants to win the ODI series against New Zealand 3-0 and do not want to rest any of their key players considering the Test series which is coming up.
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