Everyone is really hungry to perform against India A, says Mitchell Marsh

Australia A play two four day games against their Indian counterparts.

Mitchell Marsh. (Cricket Australia)

Mitchell Marsh who will be leading Australia A in two four day games against their Indian counterparts said that winning the series is his only focus and everyone from the team is hungry to perform in the series. 

Australia A will play two four day games against India A  which will be seen as a dress rehearsal for the Test series against Pakistan. "There's a great vibe around this group," Marsh said today in Bangalore.

"You get a real sense everyone is really hungry to perform.

"There's plenty of opportunities in Australian cricket at the moment and I think as a team we've got a real focus that we want to win this little mini-series and hopefully start something special as a group."

He continued: "Being an Australia A series, a lot of time you can solely focus on yourself and wanting to score runs, but ultimately we want to create a culture in that team certainly that we want to come here and play to win.

"I'm the captain of this team and I'll be doing my best to make sure that happens.

"For me, I obviously want to spend some time in the middle with the bat but we want to come here and win and win for Australia."

Marsh also said he's likely to bowl in the second match in a huge boost for his confidence and his status as healthy allrounder heading into the Pakistan series.

"I'm back pretty much blowing full-tilt now," Marsh said.

"Hopefully I'll bowl a few overs in the second four-day game here.

"It's all progressed really well. I've had no setbacks throughout the whole injury process so I'm really rapt."

The 26-year-old says leadership is not something he ponders but would embrace any extra responsibility that came his way.

"I've had a little bit of experience captaining Western Australia back home," he said. "It's not something I tend to think about too deeply.

"If the opportunity arose I'd grab it with both hands but ultimately that's out of my hands at the moment and I'll just be the best captain I can be here.

"I'm really looking forward to captaining in these conditions, which is something I don't experience much playing at the WACA every second week and in Australia.

"It's going to be a whole new experience for me and something I'm really looking forward to."

Australia A four-day squad:

Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain

Four-day fixtures in Bengaluru

2-5 September v India A

8-11 September v India

(Inputs from Cricket Australia)


By Anshuman Roy - 01 Sep, 2018

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