Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ignored for the One-Day International series against South Africa, and he was very disappointed with the selectors’ decision to ignore him ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, as 50-overs cricket has been his best format over the years.
Marsh has also called it as the 'minor setback' but is confident that he will be in the Australia World Cup 2019 squad, saying he wants to be a leader in the white-ball game.
While Trevor Hohns, Australia's chairman of selectors, suggested Marsh, who has had a poor Pakistan Test series in the UAE managing just 30 runs and two wickets, along with Nathan Lyon, were rested from the side “to ensure they are in the best condition possible to put their hand up for selection either later in the summer or for the World Cup next year.”
Marsh told AAP, “I was very disappointed. Over the last three or four years, (50-over cricket has) been my best format. But right now I'm not in our best XI. There's no doubt I want to be in that World Cup team. I want to be a leader in the one-day team as well.”
He further added, “Right now I've got to get myself as fit as I can so I can play all three formats and be performing in all three formats for Australia. This is a minor setback but I still think that I can be in our best side throughout this summer.”
His performances in the Tests were particularly disappointing for Marsh given the trust shown in him by the team management. Marsh signed off by saying, “It was shattering. You work so hard throughout the winter and you work on so many things to try and be a better cricketer and become better in these conditions. And it didn't come off for me this series. I learnt a lot again. For me it's just about taking the opportunity. I know exactly what I have to do to play in the Test team and that's dominate Shield cricket and make sure they can't not pick me.”
The One Day International series between Australia and South Africa will get underway on Sunday, 4 November in Perth.
(Input: International Cricket Council)