October 4, 2022
Australia News – Mitchell Marsh Coy on captaincy ambitions, all eyes on T20 World Cup

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh is not yet ready to step into the ring for ODI captaincy, saying his entire focus is on helping Australia retain the T20 World Cup crown.

Aaron Finch announced his retirement from ODI cricket last week following his poor form, but he will remain as captain for the T20 World Cup in Australia, which starts next month.

Test captain Pat Cummins could take over the ODI captaincy, but David Warner also has a chance to take over the position if his lifetime leadership ban is lifted by Cricket Australia. Wicketkeepers Alex Carey and Marsh are among other names.

Marsh has a lot of captaincy experience in Western Australia, but when asked about the possibility of taking over as ODI captain, he batted straight.

“Whatever I say here, I need to be very careful, you know I don’t like being in the spotlight,” Marsh said with a smile. “I think there can be talks down the track. But this World Cup is very important for us as a team, and for me personally it’s everything I’ve worked on over the years.

“Cricket Australia has little time to make it [captaincy] Call in the next few months, and we’ll see where it lands.”

Marsh praised Finch, who scored an average of 38.89 during his 146-match ODI career.

“He will be sorely missed in our changing rooms over the next few years,” Marsh said. ,[He scored] 17 One Day International hundreds and I really hope he goes down as one of the greats of Australian cricket when it comes to white-ball cricket. Just a great player and a great captain.”

Mitchell Starc (knee pain), Marcus Stoinis (side strain) and Marsh (ankle) have all been ruled out of next week’s three-match T20I series in India.

Marsh is confident that his ankle injury will heal in time, which will allow him to take part in home T20 matches against West Indies, England and India ahead of the World Cup.

“The ankle is coming on very well,” Marsh said after Western Australia’s season launch on Thursday. “It’s on the modest end of [scale] But with the World Cup coming up, this is really the only opportunity for him to do it right.

“I’m definitely not worried about it, it’s going well and hopefully I’ll be right to play against West Indies in a few weeks.”

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