Mitch Marsh Mum on World Cup Captaincy, Aims for Series Sweep Against West Indies
Allrounder Mitch Marsh savored his stint as Australian T20 captain but remained coy about retaining the role for the upcoming World Cup, while aiming to complete a clean sweep against West Indies on Tuesday.
Marsh, fresh off winning the Allan Border Medal as Australia’s best male cricketer, will lead the hosts in the final T20 at Optus Stadium, holding a commanding 2-0 series lead.
With Pat Cummins captaining the Test and ODI sides, the T20 team lacks a permanent skipper since Aaron Finch stepped down last year. While Matthew Wade led on an interim basis, Marsh has emerged as the frontrunner for the World Cup slated for the United States and the Caribbean.
However, when pressed about his World Cup aspirations, Marsh offered a playful “We’ll see,” acknowledging the privilege and ease of leading the talented Australian squad.
It’s a real privilege to lead this team. It’s a huge honour. The playing group and coaching staff we’ve got at the moment make the job a lot easier,” Marsh added.
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Earlier, testing positive for COVID-19 forced Marsh to isolate and bark instructions remotely, an experience he deems less than ideal. Now virus-free, he focuses on securing a dominant 3-0 series win.
He heaped praise on teammate Glenn Maxwell’s scintillating 120-run knock in Adelaide, calling him a “freak.” Perth fans prepare to cheer local heroes Marsh, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Inglis, and Marcus Stoinis, while missing the injured speedster Lance Morris sidelined with a side strain.
“He’ll have to learn that injuries are part of the game when you bowl that fast,” said Marsh, expressing confidence in Morris’s speedy recovery.
With a series victory already secured, Australia eyes a decisive finish against West Indies, while Marsh awaits a definitive call on his World Cup captaincy fate.