Ashes 2023: "Incredible Hitting" - Ian Healy Lauds Mitchell Marsh For Record-breaking Ton

Updated - 07 Jul 2023, 07:05 PM

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Mitchell Marsh [PC: Getty]

Former Australia National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Ian Healy was highly impressed with the batting performance of Mitchell Marsh in the first innings of the third Ashes 2023 Test match at the Headingley in Leeds.

The 31-year-old Marsh replaced Cameron Green in the Australia XI. Notably, the young all-rounder Green was ruled out of the match due to a ‘low grade’ hamstring strain.

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Marsh showcased his aggressive gameplay and played a destructive innings. With his genuine power, he smashed the English bowlers all over the park. He scored 118 runs off 118, with 17 fours and 4 sixes.

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Mitchell Marsh also added brilliant 155 runs in 168 balls with Travis Head. They came together at the crease when the Aussies were struggling at 85/4. The partnership between the duo played a key role in Australia posting 263 runs on the board.

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Meanwhile, Ian Healy showered praise on the duo for playing an attacking brand of cricket.

“Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh’s solution to the speed, swing, and the seam of England’s bowlers was to hit their way through it,” Healy told SEN 1170.

“Travis was jumping around trying his hardest, not absorbing balls on the body or ducking and weaving for an hour, it was ‘we’re going to play a shot and we’re going to find a gap’. It’s quite good stuff to watch. It’s fast, out-of-control cricket.”

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His balance was unbelievable – Ian Healy lauds Mitchell Marsh

Healy added that Marsh showcased “incredible hitting” and he was picking up the length of the bowlers quickly.

“It was incredible hitting, the shots rivalled Ben Stokes of last week at Lord’s,” Healy added.

“It looked to me like he could pick up the length very quickly, he set his feet very well the whole innings.”

“His balance was unbelievable and then he’s say ‘right, I’m going to hit this for six’ and he’d lean back on it a little bit longer and hit it high. Hitting sixes on purpose is a sign that you’re really seeing the ball well.”

Notably, Mitchell Marsh reached his century in the third Test off 102 deliveries. This was the fastest ton by an Aussie in England since 1902.

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Fastest Test centuries for Australia in England:

95 balls — Victor Trumper vs ENG in Manchester, 1902

102 balls — Mitchell Marsh vs ENG in Leeds, 2023

105 balls — Clem Hill vs ENG in Sheffield, 1902

106 balls — Travis Head vs IND in London, 2023

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