Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh. (Photo: ICC)

Sridharan Sriram, who was part of Australia‘s coach staff at the T20 World Cup 2021, has revealed that head coach Justin Langer was behind the decision to send Mitchell Marsh at the number 3 for the tournament.

Mitchell Marsh smashed 77* off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand to help Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup trophy. Marsh scored runs at a strike rate of 146 throughout the tournament, especially taking the attack to the pacer, a quality of his which gave Langer the confidence to bat Marsh at number 3.

Sridharan Sriram, a former India all-rounder, asserted that Marsh’s counter-attacking in the powerplay was key to their title win.

Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Justin Langer should get credit for this. It was the coach’s decision. He saw Mitchell Marsh as a brilliant player of fast bowling. He has played Test cricket, so he can play against quality pace, likes the ball coming on to the bat and has the power to take on Power Play overs. If an early wicket falls, he has the power to counter attack. Langer saw all the attributes in Marsh and initiated to get him at No. 3, and it worked,” Sridharan Sriram told Cricketnext.com in an interview.

The last two series were different entities altogether: Sridharan Sriram

Australia were hardly given a chance by anyone to win the title before the tournament as they had suffered defeats in their last five bilateral T20I series, including in West Indies and Bangladesh.

Sridharan Sriram, however, opined that those results weren’t hampering their preparations as they knew they missed many key players on those tours.

Sridharan Sriram
Sridharan Sriram. Image-Twitter

The likes of Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith had been rested from those assignments, and it was a chance to test their bench strength. All of them returned to the World Cup and displayed brilliant individual and collective efforts.

“I don’t think that hampered Australia’s preparations. The last two series were different entities altogether. Having to build up a bench strength was something that Cricket Australia was very clear in doing. We were very confident in the players.

“When you have Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith coming in, their quality is undisputable. We knew exactly they were coming in and the roles they were going to play,” the 45-year-old explained.

Following the high of winning the T20 World Cup, Australian cricket has been shaken by the sudden resignation of Tim Paine as the Test captain amid the “sexting” scandal.

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