Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh opened up about scoring his century on Day 1 of the third Test of the ongoing Ashes series at Headingley on Thursday, July 6. Mitchell Marsh admitted that the team was not in a good position when he came to bat in his comeback match.
Mitchell Marsh made a comeback to the Test team after a gap of four years, replacing the injured Cameron Green. Marsh came to the crease when the team lost four early wickets in the first session. He played a brilliant counterattack innings of 118 runs in Australia’s first innings.
It Was A Tough 10 Minutes There – Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh stated that he wanted to express himself in the match despite the team losing four wickets for 85 runs just before lunch.
“It was a tough 10 minutes there. Worst nightmare first game back going in before lunch at 4/80. But I felt calm, to be honest. I felt I was able to get into the contest very quickly,” Marsh told SEN Cricket
“I’ve worked really hard to get myself to a point where I can walk out with my chest out and be confident in my ability. It hasn’t always been the case in Test cricket and I’m certainly not alone when it comes to that. I walked out there and wanted to play my way,” he added.
We Try And Get A Lead In The Third Innings – Mitchell Marsh
The 31-year-old stated that skipper Pat Cummins encouraged him to play his natural game. Marsh also emphasized the importance of neutralizing the threat posed by Mark Wood in the second innings.
“Patty said to me if you want to go out and hit your first ball for six, do it. Obviously, I’m not going to do that, but that’s the sort of freedom he gives you, to go out there and just play,” he continued.
“As a team, we’ve got to nullify him (Wood) in the second innings and no matter what the game throws at us tomorrow, make sure we try and get a lead in the third innings,” he concluded.
Mark Wood made an impact with the ball in his first match of the series. The right-arm pacer claimed five wickets for just 34 runs in 11.4 overs, including four maiden overs.