Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh (AFP Photo)

Ricky Ponting is hopeful Mitchell Marsh will leave behind his slump in form and emerge as a viable candidate for the Australia squad that will travel to England for the ICC World Cup 2019.

Marsh, who was appointed as Australia co vice-captain last year has been battling form and injury while aiming for a comeback. Underwhelming performances with the bat and ball has seen the allrounder falling off the pecking order across formats.

The road becomes even more difficult for the 27-year-old after Australia’s historic bilateral ODI series win in India earlier this month which came in his absence.

Ponting, who will soon join Australian team as the assistant coach for the World Cup, is a big fan of Marsh and says he’s got an X-factor that can win Australia a World Cup.

“It does surprise me. It actually saddens me a little bit as well because I love Mitch Marsh to death,” Ponting told cricket.com.au. “I’ve known him for a long time and he’s a highly talented player, he’s obviously just battling himself at the minute.”

He added, “It’s a hard world out there – international cricket is not an easy place to live and survive especially when you’re an allrounder like him, and he’s had his fair share of injury issues as well.”

Marsh has played 53 ODIs so far and is currently playing in Australia’s first-class competition Sheffield Shield where he captains Western Australia.

Ponting would love to see Marsh at the World Cup because of his all-round capabilities especially with the bat. “I feel for him. I would love to see him in the World Cup squad. There is that danger man, x-factor about someone like Mitchell Marsh with the way that he can strike the cricket ball and his bowling is a little bit underrated as well,” he said.

He further added, “They’re the guys that can win you a World Cup. Let’s hope he finishes the Australian domestic season really strongly, makes a lot of runs and gives the selectors a reason to want to pick him back in the Australian team again.

“I think (selectors) should be considering him still. They’d only be considering him right now on potential really because the numbers aren’t there. He’s not knocking the door down to say, ‘you’ve got to pick me again’. And that’s what I hope changes, because he’s too good a player just to be making 20 or 30 every week in a Sheffield Shield game.