Mitchell Marsh 30 ODI's and 15 Test's for Australia © Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh 30 ODI’s and 15 Test’s for Australia © Getty Images

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has said his decision to leave Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) midway was the right call, conceding whilst he loved playing in the tournament, the country will always come first. Marsh could only play three games, before a side strain ruled him out for the remainder of the tournament. He was joined by his national team skipper Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, John Hastings and Shaun Marsh in the injury list during the course of the tournament. Now having recovered completely recovered from the injury, he is fit and raring to feature for Australia in the tri-series at Caribbean against West Indies and South Africa. ALSO READ: AUS attend NY Mets practice ahead of WI tri-series

Speaking about the injury before the tri-series, ESPNcricinfo reported Marsh saying, “It was a very minor injury, but a side strain is one of those things where you can turn a ten-day injury into a ten-week injury just like that, so it was best that I came home. Whilst the IPL is a great tournament and I love playing in it, the country always comes first and the right decision was made.”

Whilst he has cemented his place in the ODI and T20I format, he has struggled in the Test’s as a genuine all-rounder. “I think in the shorter formats, I’ve certainly gained a lot of confidence in both facets of the game and I consider myself a genuine allrounder now,” Marsh said.

“But in Test cricket, the proof is in the pudding, I haven’t been able to make as many runs for the team as I would have liked. Although I’ve watched the team make a lot of runs, which is also great, watching your team-mates succeed but I haven’t put the runs on the board yet so I can’t really classify myself as a genuine allrounder in the Test format. I’m hoping that over the next 12 months, that will change and I will be cemented at the No. 6 Test spot.”

“My bowling was something I had to work extremely hard on if I wanted to be a genuine allrounder. That’s what the selectors want. Got [former Australia bowling coach] Craig McDermott to thank for that. He’s obviously known my father [Geoff Marsh] for a long time so I think anytime that I need him, he’s only going to be a phone call away”.

Marsh also spoke about Moises Henriques, who was chosen for the series against Sri Lanka owing to his IPL 2016 form. “In a tour like Sri Lanka, I think the more allrounders the better because it gives you an opportunity to play more spinners if the wicket is going to be turning,” Marsh said.

“Moises has worked extremely hard. He has been a little unlucky throughout his career with injuries, but I am sure he is going to jump at the opportunity to be back on tour with Australia. I’ve got a great relationship with him. He is a similar sort of player, he has got a lot of experience and I’ll be learning as much as I can from him.”

Finally, he also spoke about giving extra care regarding his fitness. “As a young kid, I didn’t value fitness training and getting my body in peak condition, but over the last two years I have really started to make a lot better choices off the field and I’ve seen the results.”

“I’ve played a lot more cricket than I ever had. To get through an international season, which is 12 months of the year, obviously you’re going to have a few niggles going as hard as we do but to get through unscathed was a great reward for the hard work I’ve done.”