Mitchell Marsh’s Performance Post-shoulder Surgery Impresses Shane Watson
Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is happy to see Mitchell Marsh delivering well with the bat after the major shoulder injury which he picked during the Border-Gavaskar series between hosts India and Kangaroos early this year.
“It’s great to see him make the most of that time he’s had to just be able to put all his energies into his batting,” Watson told Cricket Australia.
Watson believes the surgery has further been a blessing in disguise for the 26-year-old batting all-rounder Marsh.
“He’s made the most of a situation that has come about with his shoulder operation,” Watson, who was marred by multiple injuries during his top-flight cricket said.
In November 2017, against Queensland, Marsh struck unbeaten 141 at the Perth which is his home ground, as he managed to score 95 against South Australia at the same venue.
Interestingly, Marsh was the second leading run-scorer for WA after opener Cameron Bancroft, who earned the Magellan Ashes call-up.
Marsh scored unbeaten 38 followed by 28, 11 and 43 which further saw his brother Shaun Marsh shinning in the ongoing traditional series against England.
Watson remarked WA head coach Justin Langer had thrown an unconditional support behind Marsh which has boosted the morale of the promising prospect in the Australian team.
“To be able to have the support that Mitch Marsh has with Justin Langer there by his side, helping him, supporting him; it’s a great combination for a young captain,” Watson maintained.
Earlier, as the lingering shoulder saw him flying back to Australia soon after the Bengaluru Test, Marsh fought his way back into the nets in the later-half-of-the-year.
The 26-year-old Marsh returned to the nets when he set his primary focus on batting and lead as an example while being a new skipper for WA.
It’s important to mention, Marsh, who led his state-side Western Australia had played a significant role with the bat especially when they lifted the JLT One-day Cup before playing an imperative role in the JLT Sheffield Shield.
Watson, who was the prominent face in the Australian fold, said Marsh has been working hard to enhance his game.
“We’ve seen the scores that he’s made at the start of the season. He’s going to continue to evolve as a cricketer and also as a human being,” Watson concluded.
Marsh, who was recalled for the third Test in Perth which will be kicking off on December 14 earlier decided to make a strong return in the longer version of the game by undergoing a rigorous rehabilitation programme which saw him subsequently avoiding rolling over the arm for most of the time since playing domestic cricket.
Moreover, Marsh returned to bowl against Queensland where he picked two wickets after conceding 49 runs.
At the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Marsh went wicketless against Victoria where he conceded 47 runs in 13 overs.
The 36-year-old Queensland-based Watson played 59 Tests for Australia in which he scored 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19. He bagged 75 wickets in the five format.
Watson also played 190 ODIs followed by 58 Twenty20 Internationals between 2002 and 2016.
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