My next aim is to play Test cricket for Australia, says Mitchell Marsh

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Marsh is slowly working his way towards representing Australia in Test cricket

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who was recently included in the country’s Champions Trophy squad, had declared his intentions to play Test cricket, despite being involved in numerous disciplinary issues during his time at the Centre of Excellence and the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) in South Africa last year.

Since his mishaps, Marsh has been working hard on his game and even came back to score some runs and take wickets at regular intervals for Western Australia during the latter parts of last season’s Sheffield Shield.

“Those things have happened and I learned from my mistakes,” Marsh said. Although I felt that both incidents were blown out of proportion I took them on the chin and took full responsibility for them. I haven’t changed the way I am around people, I just need to make better decisions at the right times.

“The Australian cricket side sets extremely high standards. I really think over the last six months I’ve pulled my head in and started making good decisions. On the cricket side of things like any batsman or bowler my only currency is wickets and runs, so it’s a matter of putting runs on the board and taking wickets.”

Having had a stellar year with the Pune Warriors in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), Marsh noted that getting recalled into the ODI side for the Champions Trophy was just one small step towards his ultimate goal of representing Australia at the Test level.

“The biggest thing for me is I’ve always grown up wanting to play Test cricket,” Marsh said. “That’s all I want to do, it’s the hardest format and the pinnacle of our game.

“So for me being in the IPL at such a young age was a bonus for international experience. Playing over here is great fun, but it’s also good for my cricket. Although I’ve been more consistent in the shorter formats, they’re a bonus for me and I’m hoping that over this winter I can improve again and become better at the longer format. Because if that’s not my goal then I’m probably not in the right sport.

“Growing up I’ve always been a batsman and batted in the top five. With my bowling it’s only really come up in the last couple of years. I’ve still got the goal that I want to be a top-order batsman and hopefully be able to do a job with the ball. But I’ve got a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead.”

Marsh also stated that he was looking forward to representing Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield next summer and heaped praise on coach Justin Langer for helping him get where he is today.

“Having started well in that format I took a lot of confidence into it and I guess that’s carried over,” he said. “In the four-day format … if I want to play the longer format for Australia I need to score more runs and be as consistent as I can, that’s what challenges me the most. And coming in at such a young age I’m thankful for that, I’ve learned a lot and I feel that I’m making good gains.

“JL’s been good not only for me but for West Australian cricket, so I’m really looking forward to working with him over the summer again. He’s set clear boundaries for me, which was exactly what I needed and I know exactly where I stand.”

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