Big brother’s form gives Marsh con­fi­dence

The Observer - - SPORT CRICKET -

MITCH Marsh is us­ing the resur­gence of older brother Shaun as in­spi­ra­tion.

Mitch Marsh, 26, has been re­called to the Australian squad for the third Ashes Test in Perth next week.

The all-rounder is a strong chance to play at the WACA Ground, com­ing in af­ter Shaun in the bat­ting or­der at No.6 if given the nod over an out-of-sorts Peter Hand­scomb, who has scored 62 runs in four knocks.

The older Marsh re­turned to the side for the first Test, scor­ing a half-cen­tury in Bris­bane be­fore a un­beaten ton to be named man of the match in Ade­laide.

Mitch Marsh said it was “al­ways spe­cial play­ing for Aus­tralia with Shaun”.

“The one thing I learnt from Shaun is that he’s just solely fo­cused on his own game now,” Mitch said.

“When you’re play­ing cricket for Aus­tralia there are a lot of dis­trac­tions out­side the in­ner sanc­tum but (Shaun) is just re­ally con­cen­trat­ing right now and it’s great to see.”

Mitch Marsh has played 21 Tests, the last in In­dia in March, with Shaun, when he made just 0 and 13 with the bat, leav­ing him with an av­er­age of 21.

He ad­mit­ted his self-be­lief took a bat­ter­ing.

“I cer­tainly lost a bit of con­fi­dence,” he said.

“But that’s all part of play­ing Test match cricket. You go through troughs. But right now I’m feel­ing re­ally con­fi­dent in my game.”

Marsh has im­pressed se­lec­tors with his re­cent form in the Sh­effield Shield for West Aus­tralia – 402 runs at 44, in­clud­ing an in­nings of 141.

He is also ready to per­form with the ball if needed af­ter shoul­der surgery.

“I’ve worked hard over the last eight months to get my body into a po­si­tion where I’m now play­ing again as an all-rounder, so that’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“As long as I pre­pare well and do ev­ery­thing I can I know now that I’ll be able to do a job for Aus­tralia.”

Marsh ac­knowl­edged Vic­to­rian Glenn Maxwell was “un­lucky” not be in­cluded ahead of him af­ter scor­ing 590 Shield runs this sea­son.

“If they wanted a spin­ning all-rounder he’d (Maxwell) prob­a­bly be in,” he said.

PHOTO: SCOTT BAR­BOUR

READY TO GO: Mitchell Marsh main­tains his fo­cus dur­ing a Shield game.

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