Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh. (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: September 14th, 2019 at 11:15 am

Recently updated on September 14th, 2019 at 11:15 am

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh is undoubtedly well aware of the fact that he divides opinion in the Australian cricketing circle perhaps like no other present cricketer. Mitchell Marsh, on Thursday, made a stunning comeback to Tests as he starred with the ball on day one of the fifth Ashes Test in London. Marsh had endured a terrible time in Tests last year and was dropped.

He was not considered for the World Cup and also lost his central contract as well as the vice-captaincy in Tests. But he was given an opportunity to prove himself on Thursday and he grabbed it with both the hands. Mitchell Marsh celebrated his recall to the side by taking 4-35 as Australia turned the screws on England.

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At the end of the day, England were 271 for 8 after Jos Buttler‘s unbeaten 64 rescued their innings. Marsh will now be looking to make more impact in the remainder of the Test.  He will also be looking to impress the Australian fans who he thinks hate him.

“Yeah, most of Australia hate me,” Marsh said before laughing.

“Australians are very passionate, they love their cricket, they want people to do well. There’s no doubt I’ve had a lot of opportunity at Test level and I haven’t quite nailed it.

“But hopefully they can respect me for the fact I keep coming back and I love playing for Australia, I love the baggy green cap and I’ll keep trying and hopefully I’ll win them over one day,” added Marsh, who averaged 25.39 with the bat and 43.91 with the ball from his 31 previous Tests.

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Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh (Credits: Twitter)

The right-hander admitted there were times after he lost his central contract when he doubted he would be back in the Australian side. Marsh was also affected by some personal issues last year. One of his close friends had committed suicide and his fitness did not help his cause either.

“Over the last six months I have put everything I’ve had into it and I’ve changed my lifestyle a bit,” he said.

“I don’t eat badly. I just eat a lot. My body just likes to put on weight easily and my mum likes to feed me,” he added.

Australia, meanwhile, have already retained the Ashes after taking an unassailable 2-1 lead. They will now be aiming to win their first series in England since 2001.

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