Australia the all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was the top performer amid their crushing losses in the first two T20Is against the West Indies in Gros Islet. Mitchell Marsh scored two consecutive fifties and took three wickets to go along with it. But with the rest of the batsmen failing, the seamstress’ all-rounder’s effort was overlooked. But, without giving too many excuses, Marsh hopes Australia will deliver a better performance in the remaining three games.
Mitchell Marsh had the best in the first two T20Is with 51 and 54; however, not many batsmen could actively make a contribution around him. Australia lost the first T20I from a winning position when they threw away a match by playing knockout shots. In the second T20I, their bowlers up front failed to make the necessary impact, especially Mitchell Starc was expensive with figures of 4-0-49-0. He also walked in the first T20I wickets. The total of 196 was too much for the tourists and shot 56 runs too short.
Asked if Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have been lacking in T20 cricket lately, Mitchell Marsh noted that West Indies has an enormous depth. Therefore, the 29-year-old believes that this is just execution and that every team remains under pressure. Marsh also believes that Mitchell Starc, as one of the best white ball cricketers in the world, feels comfortable where he is.
“I can not speak on their behalf. But what I do know is that the West Indies team, the back half of their innings, are some of the best players in the world. It does not matter who you are, you are under pressure and it’s about execution. So, if you’re a little against these guys, you’ll be punished. “In international cricket this is the challenge, but Mitchell Starc is one of the best white ball players of all time, so I think he feels comfortable and confident about where he is,” Marsh told ESPN Cricinfo at a virtual press conference.
We definitely felt ready to go to this series: Mitchell Marsh
While Mitchell Marsh has refused to defend Australia’s performances, he believes the next three months without cricket could make it difficult to act immediately. The everyday seam bowler applauded the West Indies for currently playing some of the best cricket and conceded that they kept preparations for this series well. While considering the first T20I loss a difficult loss, he recalled being 2-0 in India and winning the series while drawing the same point against New Zealand. In doing so, he hopes the men will bounce back in yellow.
‘Yes, we will certainly not make excuses, but there is no doubt that it could take some time to get going without three months of cricket. Like I said, the West Indies are playing a lot of cricket at the moment and playing a lot of good cricket. But we definitely felt ready to go to this series. We had good preparation, a good lead, the first loss yesterday was a difficult one, but tonight we were surpassed and it happens in T20 cricket. So I think we are relying on this Australian team being 2-0 down in India and winning the series, we were down 2-0 down in New Zealand and coming back to 2-2. As Australian teams we therefore like to back against the wall. Hopefully we can put on a good show, ” he added.