Mitchell Marsh feels the urge to repay the faith of national selectors © Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh feels the urge to repay the faith of national selectors © Getty Images

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh says he is desperate to repay the faith that the national selectors had shown in him when Australia visit Sri Lanka later in the year. Marsh admits that he has under-performed with the bat in Tests and needs to improve. Marsh had averaged only 16 in 8 Tests while his teammates had scored 16 hundreds and 3 double-hundreds between them, in the series’ against New Zealand and West Indies.

“It’s massive and it certainly makes you want to repay the selectors for the faith that they’ve shown,” Marsh said as quoted by ALSO READ: Mitchell Marsh: Playing different formats for Australia helps improve my game

The 24-year-old who made his ODI debut in 2011 felt that he has learnt a lot about the game since then and has tried to improve in the longer format as well. He said, “While I feel like I haven’t scored as many runs as I would have liked, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the game and playing Test match cricket at that level. It’s a lot of fun but you’re also under a lot of pressure and that’s what Test cricket’s all about.” ALSO READ: Mitchell Marsh: Australia will change the way future Day-Night Tests are played

Marsh who might be part of the Australia’s team for a three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in July and August has 437 Test runs at an average of 23 to his name .”I haven’t scored as many runs as I can, but I’ve still loved every minute of it and I’m working really hard to try and get that breakthrough innings and hopefully that won’t be too far away,” he said.

After a poor season with the bat, Marsh had in the 5th ODI against India, this year had scored a 84-ball 102 which was his first hundred at international level. “My first hundred in Australian colours is something that I’ll never forget,” he said. “At the SCG, it was almost a packed house against India, so it was just a great feeling. Obviously it was a pretty frustrating summer for me with the bat. I watched a lot of blokes score a lot of hundreds so to finally get a chance to spend some time out in the middle and take the opportunity was a great reward. I think I worked hard all summer and it was just nice to get a reward at the end”, Marsh said on the satisfying feeling.

He soon played a match-winning innings of 69 in the 2nd match of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand at Wellington. The series he felt gave him immense confidence. “The biggest thing is just confidence at international level,” he says. “And I think I took that confidence into that New Zealand series. Although we lost that, I felt like I played a big part which gave me a lot of confidence going into the next 12 months. So hopefully I can take that form into the West Indies”, said Marsh.