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Mitchell Marsh optimistic of Ashes selection

Mitchell Marsh optimistic of Ashes selection
Mitchell Marsh hopes to be picked in the playing XI during the Ashes series that begins next week after having notched up successive centuries in the warm-up games.
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Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh hopes to be picked in the playing XI during the Ashes series that begins next week after having notched up successive centuries in the warm-up games.

Expressing happiness at his performances, Marsh seemed pleased at having got a chance to showcase his skills.

“It’s been nice to get some runs and get used to the conditions,” said Marsh

“I’ve been carrying drinks for the team for some time now.

“So it’s been great to get an opportunity.”

Despite having racked up the runs, Marsh is aware that his spot in the team is far from being fixed at the moment – something that he isn’t too worried about.

Stressing on the need to be consistent, the 23-year-old opined that being selected in the team was only a matter of time.

“I am not putting too much pressure on myself.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you bat or how much you bowl.

“As long as you are scoring runs and taking wickets, the selectors are going to pick you at some stage.

“I’m just enjoying it.

“I just want to keep doing well for the team and hopefully that continues.”

Known for his aggressive batting, Marsh attributes his clean-hitting skills to the amount of confidence he has in his game.

Both his centuries in the tour games have come at an excellent strike-rate with a flurry of boundaries and sixes.

The lanky all-rounder feels that his intent while batting helps him to stay positive all the time which reflects on his scoring rate.

“I’m having confidence going out there and backing myself.

“I just love to contribute to this team in every game I play.

“That’s my mentality when I go out to bat and hopefully I can keep doing that.”

Marsh, refused to speculate on the fitness of teammate Ryan Harris, who once again injured his knee, thereby putting his Ashes preparations in jeopardy.

With just five days to go before the first Test in Cardiff, Marsh stated that a final decision will not be known until the morning of the game.

“I don’t know if he’ll be playing or not until the toss to be honest.

“So, I can’t really tell anything about that right now.

“I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

Marsh expressed his disappointment at Harris’ injury that has undone all the hard work put in by the latter prior to the series.

Known to be injury-prone throughout his career, Harris has constantly had issues with his knee over the years.

However, despite the latest worries on Harris’ fitness, Marsh is confident that his teammate will come through it at the earliest.

“It’s obviously a shame.

“We all know how hard he has worked to play the series.

“But I’m sure it’s just one setback as well know how long the series is.

“I’m sure he’ll be back at some stage.”

While his batting has been going great guns, Marsh has also made it a point to be put in the effort for his bowling too to become the perfect all-rounder.

Marsh admits that his bowling is still a work in progress and is hopeful of being a complete bowler in future.

With Shane Watson moving towards the final stages of his career, the young Marsh is tipped to take his spot as the team's all-rounder sooner than later. 

“My bowling side is something I’ve been working on with McDermott.

“I’m improving. At the end of the day, if you want to be successful as a bowler in international cricket, you got to be bowling fast.

“Hopefully I’m getting up there.

“I’m working really hard and in a few weeks hopefully I’ll be around the corner.”

Playing in his debut Ashes series, Marsh is absolutely excited at having got the chance to be part of the team.

Although his spot in the XI isn’t a surety, Marsh declared that he is well prepared for the challenge if and when it comes around.

“It’s been a privilege to be on this tour.

“Lot of experience out there in the team to be a part of.

“If the opportunity does come, I’ll be ready for it.”

The first Test of the Ashes series begins in Cardiff on 8th July.

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