26-Year-Old All Rounder Australia
January 8, 2018 Mitchell Marsh News
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Marsh totaled 101 off 141 including 15 boundaries and two maximums in the first innings of Australia's Test victory over England at Sydney.
Stepping into the crease with his brother, Marsh partnered with Shaun for 169 runs on fifth wicket and then reached his century while making a 52 run stand with Tim Paine. In just four innings (three matches) in the series, Marsh hit for his first two career Test centuries, which more than made up for the fact that he didn't take a wicket with the ball. Known more for his work with the ball than the bat, if he can continue hitting at this high of a level, the highly-ranked Test side becomes that much better.
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Fantasy AnalysisAlready at 248 for four in their first innings reply of England's 403 innings, Marsh and Steve Smith's fifth wicket partnership of 301 runs helped put Australia further into the ascendancy, eventually putting them in position to secure the innings victory. Marsh's 181 was not only his top score, but his first century in 36 innings, having previously topped out at 87 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in his third-career innings.
Fantasy AnalysisThe talented batsman is a solid allrounder, but reconstructive shoulder surgery in March has put his bowling plans on pause as he looks for a recall to the Australia Test squad as a batsman first and foremost. The 25-year-old makes for a sound choice as captain and potentially a look to his international future as he already has 21 Test caps and is one of the most promising young Australians.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter undergoing shoulder surgery on March 13, Marsh was iffy to make an appearance for Rising Pune Supergiant during the current IPL campaign. His omission from the Aussies' ODI squad was chalked up to an inability to "be considered," indicating that his recovery will extend into June and beyond.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh injured his shoulder during Australia's second Test against India at Bengaluru and faces a layoff of up to nine months. Marsh was set to rejoin the Rising Pune Supergiant, whom he played for last season, but was forced to leave the squad midway through the tournament last year as well due to a side strain.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh's 17th first class half-century may have bolstered his chances for a Test recall especially since his biggest competitor for the spot, Glenn Maxwell, could only manage 16 not-out before Australia declared at 469/7. The 25-year-old all rounder hit 11 fours and one six in his 200 minute innings. The younger of the Marsh brothers was dropped from Australia's Test side after they lost their home Test series to South Africa 2-1 late last year.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia's six wicket loss to Pakistan added insult to Marsh's ongoing shoulder injury. "He's got an ongoing issue with his shoulder and we're giving him some time off to get that right," Smith said. The allrounder was elevated to the four spot in the second ODI against Pakistan and dismissed for a golden duck during Australia's lackluster batting performance, the hosts only managed 220 before being bowled out.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting first, the allrounder top scored for his side and hit three sixes and five fours on the way to his score of 70 from 41 balls. Marsh combined with his brother Shaun Marsh to put on 38 runs, but Mitchell Marsh would stay there until the 19th over to be dismissed caught and bowled by Mark Steketee. Marsh couldn't back up his batting performance with the ball however, as he was dispatched by Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum for 32 runs from the two overs that he bowled.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh hit three sixes on his way to 44 not-out and took Scorchers to an ultimately match-winning total of 177. So far in this year's BBL the 25-year-old allrounder has scored 140 runs in just four matches at an average of 70.00, he finds himself the fourth-highest run scorer so far, just below teammate Ian Bell and just above teammate Mathew Klinger with 149 and 129 respectively. Scorchers currently top the BBL points table.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh is missing out on the Boxing Day Test but turned in a valuable effort to drive Scorchers to their match-winning total of 197 runs. The allrounder's 19-ball 31 included two fours and two sixes, one of which was hit so hard it blew through Strikers' allrounder Kieron Pollard's hands at long-on on its way over the rope.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter some up-and-down performances against South Africa, Marsh was electric in the crease on Tuesday. Spending less than an hour at bat, he picked up a whopping seven maximums and two boundaries on 40 balls for his ninth ODI half-century. A supremely talented limited-overs batsman, he's also a decent holding bowler though he was a bit expensive with his three overs, conceding 26 runs, but his work at bat certainly helped the cause. The 25-year-old will look to keep up his strong form in the crease in the third and final ODI of the series on Friday.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian allrounder turned in an underwhelming performance in the first Test of the series in Perth last week, hitting just 26 runs in the second innings after going out for a duck in the first. His two wickets came during South Africa's catastrophic batting collapse in the first innings, but he found no such dividends in the second. Australian captain Steve Smith confirmed on Friday morning in Hobart that his side was considering bringing six “genuine batsmen” to Bellerive Oval to try and shore up what has been a woeful batting performance from the hosts. South Australian Callum Ferguson is in contention for Marsh's spot, but a decision rests heavily on the weather and won't be announced until the coin toss tomorrow.
Fantasy AnalysisThe highly-rated allrounder has been as disappointing as the rest of his squad, but helped bolster his squad with both the bat and the ball on Sunday. The half-century was his first of the series, having scored just 52 runs across the first three matches combined. With the ball, he's been better, having taken four wickets in the last three matches of the series, but will need to perform better if he is to salvage anything from this series in the final match on Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh did little to justify his selection in the third ODI at Durban, notching just two runs in the first innings before an ill-consider hit on a short delivery from Dale Steyn led to a diving midwicket catch by David Miller. He was marginally more productive in the second innings, claiming the wicket of Dwaine Pretorius while allowing 61 runs in 10 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisObsessive-compulsive cricket fans will be overjoyed by the neat symmetry of Marsh's ODI performance against the West Indies, which saw him both score and concede 32 runs. His three wickets tipped the balance decisively in his favour, however, just as he did for his Australian side Sunday. The 24-year-old claimed the key wickets of Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles between the 17th and 21st overs, putting the West Indies at a disadvantage from which they never recovered. Marsh's economy rate of 3.20 made this one of his strongest performances with the ball, easily earning him man of the match honors.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh's medium pace has been used on a part-time basis throughout this tournament, as he previously bowled 24 combined overs in Australia's four complete matches. Captain Steve Smith followed suit Tuesday, but Marlon Samuels took kindly to Marsh in his only lengthy spell, hitting five fours in the span of seven deliveries at one point. After finishing with figures of 5-0-36-0, Marsh likely took solace in the fact that he recorded the catch of Samuels on the final ball of the first innings. Marsh later repaid Smith, backing up his insertion at No. 5 with a two-hour stint in the crease. The initial swings didn't indicate such a stay, as Marsh posted one from his first nine balls, but a four off Kieron Pollard in the 22nd officially opened the door. Moving onward with Smith, the pair cobbled together a 122-run stand before the skipper was run out in the 42nd. At this stage, Australia required 62 from the final 50 balls, but Marsh and Glenn Maxwell (46 off 26) clinched a spot for their side in the triangular series final with two balls to spare.
Fantasy AnalysisPart of the playing XI only three times in the Supergiants' first seven games, Marsh recorded a pair of two-wicket hauls, with the four dropping every 13.5 balls with a 5.00 economy rate. He's now the third of the squad's international players to drop out due to injury. However, he'll focus on achieving optimal health in advance of Australia's first match of the Tri-Nation Series on June 5.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh was among a bowling unit that prodded Hyderabad's batsmen from the outset, and Ashok Dinda set the tone with the almost immediate scalp of David Warner. With the big basher out of the picture, Marsh swung the ball left and right, totaling 15 dot balls and yielding only one boundary (a four). The pair of dots that signaled departures were both edged to keeper MS Dhoni, though the latter required an outright dive to send off Moises Henriques. After his third innings of IPL9, Marsh has captured his four wickets every 13.5 balls with a 5.00 economy rate.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh took one wicket on the final day as Australia bowled out the English in the second innings. This followed up his first innings performance of two for 23 from eight overs in which he took the important wickets of Alistair Cook and Ben Stokes after they rescued the English first innings. Marsh's performance with the bat was also significant, as he struck 27 off 19 while hitting one four and two sixes at a strike rate of 142.10. He looks to have cemented his spot in the Australia team for the rest of this series.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh was a surprise inclusion in the Australian team at the expense of Shane Watson in Perth against Afghanistan but failed to grab his opportunity, making eight and taking none for 25. The 23-year-old is still finding his way in international cricket, as he made his test debut against Pakistan in 2014 and only has 17 ODI matches to his name so far. He has been selected in the Australian Test touring squad for the northern summer trips to the West Indies and England.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh knocked over five of England's top seven batsmen, crippling their run chase to leave it at 6/92. He bowled economically Saturday, conceding just 3.66 runs per over while bowling 33 dot balls. In 2014-15, Marsh has turned himself into an explosive lower order hitter, averaging 36.40 with the bat at a strike rate of 89.21.
Fantasy AnalysisMarsh is the new order all rounder: a tall, strong, young man who can hit the boundary and clear the fence with ease. Another Australian whose body can let him down, he is both a damaging batsman and a more than handy fast/medium bowler, if he stays injury-free.