Mitchell Marsh © Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh © Getty Images

Coming on the back of a 4-0 the Ashes series win, Australia had hoped that they had to do a little to outplay England in the ongoing five-match series. But the Steven Smith-led side slumped to a shocking 5-wicket defeat against England despite compiling a competitive total of 304 for 8 in the first ODI at MCG. Mitchell Marsh, however, continued his Ashes form scoring 68-ball 50 with strong partnerships with Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis who scored century and half-century respectively.

But Marsh defended Australia’s loss citing fatigue as the reason. Marsh, nevertheless, promises that Australia would bounce back in the remaining games. Marsh has also made a strong point ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Australia are currently facing batting line-up conundrum with several emerging players cropping up through BBL, JLT one-day cup and Sheffield Shield matches. Despite the stiff competition, Marsh sees himself and several other youngsters in the 2019 World Cup squad.

In a chat with, Marsh spoke about Australia’s defeat, his performance in the middle and 2019 World Cup.

“When you’re playing for your country there is no such thing as being tired” 

“There may be an element of that but from a momentum perspective, we were really up and about.When you’re playing for your country there is no such thing as being tired or going into games tired. We prepared really well. We were up and about. We just had an off day. We’ve got today and tomorrow off. We’ll recover as best as we can and get stuck into it. I wouldn’t say it’s a concern – 300 these days is pretty much par on the flatter wickets that we play on.I thought we could have started better with the ball. We had an off day.”

“I was really disappointed to get out at the time I did”

“It was nice to get a few, but I was really disappointed to get out at the time I did. I’ve been very clear in what I want to do in the first 30 balls and working hard on that game plan and sticking to it. I’d done the hard work and was ready to have a bit of fun … if I get a start next game I (want to) go on and make a big one.”

On 2019 World Cup and England ODI series

“It’s important not to look too far ahead, but it’s a good opportunity for us young guys coming in to cement our places in the one-day team.”

Australia, who are trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, will play their second ODI against England on January 19 at the Gabba.