Veteran Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has suggested Cricket Australia (CA), selectors to keep Shaun Marsh in Australia’s plans for the 2019 World Cup. Earlier, chief of the National Selection Panel for CA Trevor Hohns has maintained there’re 18 to 19 players in the mix for the ODI showpiece.
In 2015, Shane Watson, James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell made it to the 2015 squad. It’s an indicator of how Australia has backed their all-rounders for the mega events. In between, in the absence of Marsh, Marcus Stonis holds the mantle of being a premier all-rounder for Australia.
Back then, Marsh has also featured in a couple of group stage fixtures.
Meanwhile, legendary batsman Ponting, who will be serving as an assistant coach, urged Australian selectors to consider all-rounder Marsh in the 15-man coveted squad to strengthen their squad.
Shaun Marsh as an ‘X-Factor’:
Former Aussie batsman Ponting reiterated Marsh has done well in the recent past for the Aussie. The 44-year-old Ponting still sees Marsh as an ‘X-Factor’ for the national fold.
“I feel for him. I would love to see him in the World Cup squad. There is that danger man, x-factor about someone like Mitchell Marsh with the way that he can strike the cricket ball and his bowling is a little bit underrated as well,” Ponting told CA.
In October 2018, Marsh was appointed as the deputy for the Test team. But he has lost his place following a miserable show in between.
In February, Marsh has received a blow before suffering from gastritis. Marsh has endured a lot while setting his sights on the ODI showpiece.
“It does surprise me. It actually saddens me a little bit as well because I love Mitch Marsh to death,” Ponting added.
However, he is hopeful of making it to the coveted squad after missing a five-match series against Pakistan, starting on March 22 in Sharjah.
Marsh is a talented batsman: Ponting
The Western Australian all-rounder Marsh has often delivered things in the domestic fold. He has impressed former Aussie skipper Ponting for delivering goods. Ponting knows Marsh closely and he thinks highly of the supremely gifted cricketer.
“I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a highly talented player, he’s obviously just battling himself at the minute,” Ponting concluded.
Ponting is hopeful on seeing Marsh scoring bulk of runs in the domestic fold to impress the selection committee.
The 35-year-old Marsh has featured in 66 ODIs, 38 Tests and 15 T20I since making his debut in 2008.