Mitch Marsh still hopeful for Test recall despite run of poor scores
Marsh recorded a low score on Thursday, hampering his push for a Test recall. (AAP: Julian Smith)
Australian vice-captain Mitch Marsh expects a nervous four-day wait before he learns his Boxing Day Test fate.
Despite a run of low scores that continued on Thursday night, there is speculation Marsh could be recalled for the third Test against India.
Marsh is adamant he can deliver if recalled, saying he feels like he is on the verge of a big score, although the Perth Scorchers captain only made three in the four-wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades at Docklands Stadium.
“I will either be having a coffee or a couple of frothies [on Christmas Day],” he said.
“I’ve been in and out of the team for years, so you just get used to it.
“I will prepare to the best of my ability and that’s all I can control.”
Marsh was left kicking himself when he went for a big hit on his fifth ball and skied a catch to mid-on, which followed a frustrating run in the Sheffield Shield where he made enough starts, but did not capitalise, making only one score above 50 in seven innings.
“You want me to walk you through the five balls? What do you want me to say?,” Marsh said when asked about his innings.
“I was really excited about [Thursday] night and probably my shot showed how excited I was,” he said.
Mitch Marsh’s skied shot showed how “excited” he was about returning to Big Bash cricket. (AAP: Julian Smith)
“I usually like to give myself a bit more time to get in and I was just really amped — that’s a good lesson for me.
“That shot early in my innings is not in my game plan.”
Marsh hit 151 in his first innings after returning from Australia’s tour against Pakistan in the UAE, but recorded scores of 1, 44, 6, 30, 21 and 11 before last night’s score.
But despite missing another opportunity, Marsh remains confident.
“I’ve said it a few times now — I’m feeling really good, the way I’m hitting the ball,” he said.
“It’s just about getting the opportunity and, if I do get in, cashing in on the big one.
“That’s what I haven’t been able to do in the last couple of weeks, but ultimately I’m still feeling really confident if I get the opportunity.”
Marsh said it hurt to be dropped for the first Indian Test.
“I wasn’t necessarily surprised. I went in there with the attitude that I was going to be playing, so I was disappointed,” he said.
One of the spectators on Thursday night was Australian and Scorchers batsman Cameron Bancroft.
His ban resulting from the ball-tampering scandal ends on December 29, and Scorchers management brought him across for their away games against the Renegades and then the Sydney Sixers on Saturday.
“It’s great to have him around the group — he’s champing at the bit to get back,” Marsh said.
“He’s the most prepared person you’ll meet and he’s ready to go.”