Mitchell Marsh Reveals Bowling Status for the T20 World Cup Glory

Mitchell Marsh, Australia’s T20 World Cup 2024 captain, recently disclosed his bowling strategy for the tournament, indicating a gradual return due to a hamstring injury sustained during the IPL. 

The skipper of Australia is “really easy” with part of the team arriving late because they took some time off to relax following the IPL. 

Mitchell Marsh Reveals Bowling Status for the T20 World Cup Glory
Mitchell Marsh, the captain of the Australia T20I team, poses in their T20 World Cup new shirt • Cricket Australia

Marsh’s recovery from a hamstring rupture that kept him out of the IPL midway has gone far more slowly than anticipated. Neither did he bowl in Australia’s warm-up matches against the West Indies or Namibia.

Marsh stated on Saturday, “Yeah, I won’t be bowling early in the tournament.” As captain, I also like to joke that I hope I don’t bowl late in the competition. However, I will take it gently over the next ten to twelve days and maybe be ready for them towards the end of the competition.”

Out of their fifteen-man roster, Australia had just nine players available for their warm-up matches. Head coach Andrew McDonald, batting coach Brad Hodge, fielding coach Andre Borovec, and national selector George Bailey were among their four replacements on the field at one point.

The players who were supposed to arrive late to camp were Travis Head, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, and Marcus Stoinis. All of the others—aside from Stoinis—participated in the IPL playoffs. Regarding the players arriving late to camp, Marsh was questioned about his thoughts. On June 5, Australia takes on Oman in Bridgetown in their first match.

He remarked, “For me, it’s really easy.” We cherish our time spent together as a family. The men have clearly attended the Indian Premier League, which is a fantastic way to be ready for a World Cup. And then, yes, it is incredibly vital for them to see their families and spend a night or two in their own beds. We’ve all bought into that as a group, and it’s very simple to execute.

“Mitchell Starc and Maxi [Glenn Maxwell] still need to get here by lunchtime or this morning. But now we’re all together after that. I believe that the guys need to spend a few days at home, both for themselves and for the benefit of the group. There are a few more hurdles because it takes a few days for them to travel here from Australia, but they will be prepared by the fifth.”

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After winning one and losing the other of their two warm-up matches, what lessons did Australia take away? “I think we got exactly what we needed to get out of those games,” Marsh stated. Hodgey is obviously not going to be up to selection; he’s not quite up to it (laughs). He lost out, so that was disappointing for him. That’s really all I needed from those practice games, though, so for the guys who have had time off at home, please come back and get some game time. We therefore think we’re prepared to move forward at this time.”

With 20 teams, this is the largest T20 World Cup history. Additionally, there isn’t a qualifying round before the main tournament begins, in contrast to the previous two years. Marsh says that makes the tournament much more exciting.

“I think it certainly feels like a World Cup,” he stated. “It was a truly unique moment the other day when I was given a Ugandan playing shirt in our team hotel. And in situations like that, the focus of these World Cups is on opportunity and the teams that have merited their place in the competition rather than just the game of cricket. It’s incredibly remarkable, in my opinion, since it makes the entire competition much more exciting.”

When questioned if there ought to have been a lengthier gap between the conclusion of the IPL and the commencement of the T20 World Cup, he responded with a vacuous argument.

“We’re here to win as a group because I don’t really know the answer to that issue or who gets to make those decisions. Although everything might appear a little jumbled at first, I believe that most clubs have players who are either coming out of the store or playing in the IPL. However, such is the nature of the modern international cricket beast. We go from all around for these trips, and over the course of the next few days, we’ll get to know one another and gather to begin on the field.”

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