Goal is to beat England at home - Mitchell Marsh
Australia got off to a good start in the ODI series after beating England by 59 runs in the first game, riding on a good team performance.
Marsh and Matthew Wade put on an unbeaten 112-run partnership for the seventh wicket to post a total of 305, thereby rescuing Australia from a precarious position at 193 for six.
With the ball, Australia dismissed England by reducing them from 112 for one to 246 all out, with every bowler getting at least one wicket.
“For me, the goal is to win this one day series,” said Marsh.
“I really want to beat England in England and hopefully we can do that.
“We got ourselves off to a great start.”
Marsh was not able to play to his full potential in the recently concluded Ashes campaign, scoring only 149 runs from three games.
Nevertheless, Marsh was handy with the ball, having picked up eight wickets from three games at an average of 18.62 runs per scalp.
Admitting that his performance with the bat in the Ashes was disappointing, Marsh is looking to make amends in the ongoing ODI series by getting a few good knocks under his belt.
“I would have liked to score a few more runs in the Ashes, I had the opportunity.
“I have set myself a goal in this one day tour to do as much as I can for the team and hopefully score a few more runs.
“My role is going to be coming in at the end and hopefully I can have a few more partnerships like I did today with Wadey (Wade).”
Marsh, who provided Australia with the breakthrough by getting Alex Hales out, stated that it was the bowling effort that propelled the team towards the winning line.
“The way we bowled tonight was outstanding.
“They got off to a bit of a flier.
“In the first ten overs, we did not bowl as well as we would have liked.
“But at the same time, they batted really well.
“They were able to put pressure on us.
“In the one day format, the only way to stop the teams scoring runs is by taking wickets, and our attack allows us to do that.
“The way Shane Watson bowled today, showed his class and his experience.”
On a personal note, Marsh feels that his bowling has improved in the last year and half, but is aware that he still has a long way to go.
“I feel like over the last 18 months, my bowling has really improved.
“I still have heaps of improvement to go.
“So, I think that is the most exciting part for me.”
The current Australian ODI squad has many changes to the one that took part in the Ashes, with many youngsters like Marsh Joe Burns, and Glenn Maxwell handed key roles.
Marsh felt that the current players in the ODI team had it in them to go out on the field and play fearless cricket.
“The term playing without fear is often thrown around, but I think this side, we have certainly got enough players in it to go out there and be able to back yourself in whatever you are doing.
“We are sort of a very young bowling group which is probably the most exciting thing.
“The way we performed tonight was awesome.”
There is only a one day gap between the first and second ODIs, but Marsh feels that it is a good thing as Australia can carry forward the momentum from the win into the next game.
“There was no doubt that this was a really important game for us to get off to a good start.
“Hopefully that can continue on.
“I think that it is good that we only have a one day break going into Lord’s with lot of confidence from this game.”
Australia will look to take another step towards winning the ODI series when they face England at Lord’s on 5th September for the second game.
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