The 16-person ODI team for the India series, which is expected to start on March 17 in Mumbai, includes Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who has been out of action for three months. He last appeared in an ODI match against England, and since then, he has been rehabilitating from an ankle injury.
The cricketer will participate in the Marsh Cup final before departing for India. He claimed that he had a strong three months of rehabilitation prior to the same and was eager to start. The 31-year-old made it clear that he is not currently bowling and would be participating in the series as a specialist batsman.
“It has been a solid three months of rehab, thoroughly planned out. I have had no setbacks and looking forward to getting back into it now,” said Marsh as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “I have not started bowling, will progress that over the next few weeks. I am confident to play as a (specialist) batsman. For now, it is a bit of a luxury to come back as a batsman and we will see how the bowling goes. But I have done the work, the rehab has gone to plan and I am ready to go,” the all-rounder added.
After overcoming his ankle ailment, Marsh declared that he is prepared to end an almost four-year Test cricket dry spell. He declared that he still has a lot of cricket left in him and that he will play as an all-rounder for as long as he is able.
“All formats are on the cards for me. I have a lot of cricket left in my body. I always loved being an allrounder, which allows me to be in the game at all times. I will continue to be an all-rounder as long as I can. It [surgery] was not a decision made lightly, especially how much I love playing for Perth Scorchers. For my career, long-term, and with the Ashes – which I am hoping to be part of the squad – and the World Cup this year, I wanted to make sure I had a lot of cricket under my belt,” Marsh concluded.