Mitchell Marsh, Australian all-rounder and a top contender for the deputy of Tim Paine in Test cricket, said on Wednesday (30 May) that he is not thinking about the Vice-captaincy role at the moment, only focusing on getting fit as soon as possible and playing good cricket for the Kangaroos.
The 26-year-old is currently out of action after having ankle surgery and due to which he can’t travel with the Australian side to England for the limited-overs' series next month.
The fast-bowler is set to lead Australia A side in their upcoming India A tour in September and it seems that it is possibly a test by Cricket Australia to check his leadership credentials in the longest format of the game before taking any call about the vacant Vice-captaincy role.
However, Marsh is currently not thinking about the role, saying he wants to become the best cricketer and person at the moment before taking up any responsibility on the national side.
As per reports in Cricbuzz, Marsh told reporters in Perth, “It's (the vice-captaincy) there, it's not something I'm focused on solely. I'm a couple of weeks away from running at the moment. All things going to plan, I'll play the two four-day games in India ... hopefully (bowl) a couple of overs and then I'll just build in towards the Pakistan series (set for October in the UAE).”
Marsh signed off by explaining, “I feel like I've grown into the role a lot more in the last 12 months being captain of Western Australia. I think with where we're at as a team, the Australian cricket team, I want to become best cricketer and the best person I can be. If that means in time I become vice-captain of Australia, so be it, but right now my focus is on being fit and playing good cricket."