MITCH Marsh has opened up about his “shattering” Test series in the UAE and his burning desire to play in next year’s World Cup after being dumped from the ODI squad to face South Africa next month.
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Marsh was a surprise omission from the 14-man squad named to face the Proteas in three games starting in Perth on November 4.
Chief selector Trevor Hohns said the decision had been made to manage the allrounder, adding that he could be back in the ODI selection mix later in the summer.
Mitchell Marsh will head back to the Sheffield Shield to find some form.Source:News Corp Australia
Marsh however conceded he had been squeezed out, adding that selectors also wanted him to spend time at the crease in the Sheffield Shield ahead of the first Test against India.
“I was very disappointed,” Marsh said.
“I think over the last three or four years, it’s been my best format. But right now I’m not in our best XI.
“There’s no doubt I want to be in that World Cup team. I want to be a leader in the one-day team as well.
“Right now I’ve got to get myself as fit as I can so I can play all three formats and be performing in all three formats for Australia.
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“This is a minor setback but I still think that I can be in our best side throughout this summer.”
Australia are set to also play three ODIs against India in January. Marsh appeared to have cemented his spot in the Test side with a stellar Ashes series but the joint vice-captain had a torrid time in the UAE this month, scoring just 30 runs from four innings as Australia lost the series 1-0 to Pakistan.
“It was shattering,” Marsh said.
“You work so hard throughout the winter and you work on so many things to try and be a better cricketer and become better in these conditions. And it didn’t come off for me this series.
Mitchell Marsh had a dismal Test series against Pakistan. Picture: AP.Source:AP
“I learnt a lot again. For me it’s just about taking the opportunity. I know exactly what I have to do to play in the Test team and that’s dominate Shield cricket and make sure they can’t not pick me.”
Marsh could play up to three Shield rounds before the first Test against India in Adelaide starting December 6 and is keen to ramp up his pace-bowling workload after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this year.
“I’ll be playing every single one of them as an allrounder,” the West Australia captain said.
“I want to be bowling as much as I possibly can to add another string to my bow.
“But ultimately my only currency is runs. I can do everything right but if I’m not scoring runs, it means nothing.”
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Originally published as Axed Marsh determined to get back into ODI reckoning
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