Batting key to Marsh Test recall
MITCHELL Marsh has vowed to treat his prolonged bowling lay-off as a blessing in disguise as he fights to reclaim his Australian Test spot on return from a shoulder injury.
Marsh hasn’t bowled since he was sent home injured from Australia’s tour of India in March and underwent a full shoulder reconstruction.
He’s unlikely to return with the ball until late December or January in the Big Bash, meaning he will play the first half of this summer’s Sheffield Shield as a batsman.
But the 25-year-old is hoping that could work to benefit his batting, which has fallen under the microscope of critics in recent years.
“It’s obviously gives me a chance to work on my batting, which has been great,” Marsh said.
“As soon as I’m right to go I’ll always be an all-rounder as long as I play cricket.
“But at the end of the day if I’m going to play cricket for Australia I have to be the sixth best batsman for Australia batting at No.6. So I understand that.”
Australia has cycled through all-rounders Hilton Cartwright and Glenn Maxwell in the past year.