Having gone through widespread criticism following poor returns in the two-match Test series against Pakistan in UAE, Mitchell Marsh has set his eyes on turning things around during the upcoming home Test summer.
Ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting next Thursday, December 6, the all-rounder has stated ambitions of scoring a lot of runs against India and forcing people to change their perception and opinions about him.
"I love the fact that Australians are so passionate about the sport. The world we live in now, with social media, everyone gets to have an opinion and a lot of people see those opinions. It's very easy for that to grow around the country," the 27-year-old was quoted saying, "Ultimately, I'll do my best for Australian cricket and not everyone's going to agree that I'm always in the side or whatnot, but I've got a job to do for the boys."
"I try to do that to the best of my ability, I train hard, get around the boys as much as I can and that's all I can control. Hopefully, I can perform this year and who knows, maybe I'll change a few opinions around the country," he added.
Marsh, who scored two hundreds in last summers' Ashes and made a 96 at Durban against South Africa, has made a genuine strive to transition into a proper specialist no.6 batsman from the previous bits & pieces cricketer.
In line with this, he affirmed, "As an international cricketer you're always tweaking your technique, looking back on footage. I had a good couple of hits with Scotty Meuleman, my batting coach. He picked up a few things; my eyes weren't really level at the point of release, which for me is really important being so tall."
"It only takes for me to fall over a little bit and I tend to get hit on the pad. I went over to Brisbane and I was able to rectify that and it was really nice to come back and get a big hundred."
"My spot in the team, there's always a lot of chat and talk about it, so the only way for me to put that to the side is by making lots of runs in Shield cricket and playing well," he signed off.
(Inputs from cricket.com.au)