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Mitchell Marsh targets county experience for Ashes 2019

Mitchell Marsh targets county experience for Ashes 2019
Mitchell Marsh is hopeful of playing more county games to get used to the English conditions.
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Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh hopes to gain experience of playing county cricket in England, to prepare himself future Ashes contests away from home.

Australia, who lost the urn after an innings defeat at Trent Bridge, are poised to see a few changes with players like Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers retiring after the fifth Test.

With doubts cast on the futures of players like Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, it is youngsters like Marsh who will have to step up to claim spots in the Test team.

Having solved visa qualification issues, Marsh is now looking for an opportunity to play county cricket – something he always had an eye on.

“Certainly, that’s something I’ve wanted to do over the past few years, but with the visa qualifications I haven’t been able to," he said.

“Now that I do qualify hopefully it gives me an opportunity to come over here and play as much cricket as I can to prepare for (the 2019 Ashes) in coming years,” Marsh told foxsports.com.au. 

Marsh expressed his readiness to forgo lucrative Indian Premier League contracts in order to feature for county teams getting used to English conditions.

“To be able to learn my trade in these conditions would be awesome.

“Everyone that comes over here says that it’s awesome for your cricket.

“Hopefully that’s the case for me.

“I’ve put the IPL on the back stall for the past few years and I’ve seen the gains in my cricket from that.

“It will be a case of judging it when it comes and seeing what happens in the future.” 

Furthermore, Marsh said that the game is all about dealing with such pressure situations, hoping he can do better the next time.

“(Edgbaston) was certainly the first time I really felt the pressure.

“But I enjoyed it and I loved it, not that I was out there for too long.

“That's what you play for, that's what you work hard for, to try and combat those bad times.

“It was certainly a great experience and hopefully I'll be better for that in big moments in future." 

With just 26 international games for Australia under his belt, Marsh hopes to be around for a long time to come by seizing the opportunities that are presented to him.

“I’m a young guy coming into this squad and the more time I get to spend around this team is going to benefit my cricket.

“Obviously I’d like to cement my spot in this side and play regular cricket, but I know if I get an opportunity it’s about taking it with both hands.” 

Marsh is expected to feature in Australia's tour game against Northamptonshire, which will be played between 14th and 16th August, ahead of the final Ashes Test at The Oval. 

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