Marsh confident he can take over Faulkner’s role

"Losing James probably means one of the all-rounders has to bowl a few more overs, so I'm hoping that's me"

“Losing James probably means one of the all-rounders has to bowl a few more overs, so I’m hoping that’s me”

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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has announced that he is confident he can take over fellow all-rounder James Faulkner’s role.

Marsh’s comments come after Faulkner suffered a side strain during the ODI tri-series final against England in Perth on February 1.

Even though Marsh has yet to bowl more than seven overs in an ODI, he believes he is capable of completing his 10-over quota.

“Losing James probably means one of the all-rounders has to bowl a few more overs, so I’m hoping that’s me,” Marsh said. “But I guess that’s up to the selectors. I’m pretty confident [in my bowling]. I’d like to fill that role, missing James. It’s going to be good fun and hopefully if I get the opportunity I can take it.

“For me it’s just bowling more and getting that experience in matches. I’d like to keep working on my death bowling and just be an option at the death. I think that’s really important, to have as many options as we can. For me it’s just about improving all facets.”

When asked how captain Michael Clarke’s recovery was going, Marsh, with a wry smile on his face, said: “I did offer him my hamstrings but he politely rejected me.¬†I think he’s going to be fine. He’s such a key player for us, he’s our captain and we’ll be rapt to get him back. He’s enjoyed being around the side as well. When you do rehab by yourself for an extended period of time it’s quite boring.”

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