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Thursday, 12 September 2019

The secret chat that inspired Ashes rescue


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If Mitch Marsh was impressive with his four wicket haul on Friday, he was arguably more impressive off it.

"I love playing for Australia, I just want to keep doing it," Marsh said.

So often the whipping boy of Australian cricket, he's holding out hope that one day he might be our poster boy.

"Most of Australia hate me," Marsh (half) joked.

"Look, Australians are passionate, they love their cricket, they want people to do well... there's non doubt I've had a lot of opportunity at test level and I haven't quite nailed it, but I feel they can respect me for the fact that I keep coming back," Marsh said.

"Hopefully I'll win them over one day" he said with something of a nervous laugh.

Fifth Test: Day 1 Highlights

Having carried the drinks for much of this Ashes series, Marsh has finally been given his chance in this match and it's an opportunity he's embraced.

If a positive mindset is the catalyst for success, Marsh is destined to be around for quite a while.

"As a professional athletes when you have setbacks you always think the worst and you think you might not play again after the summer like I had last year, but there's been no secret recipe I just worked my arse off the last five months hoping to get another opportunity," Marsh said

"I wanted to come here and have a positive influence on this group. I think I've done that running the drinks and I just waited for my opportunity and, yeah, today was a pleasing day," he said.

And Marsh revealed that coach Justin Langer has virtually given him a licence to unleash.

"JL (Justin langer) came up to me before the start of play and lunchtime and said 'go for it... attack. Bowl the way you want to bowl,'' Marsh revealed.

"It gave me great confidence to just go out there and give it everything I had," he added.

Injuries and form have conspired against Marsh in recent times and while he's been an easy target for social media, there were more personal, tragic issues, the West Australian was having to deal with.

"I lost a close friend to suicide at the start of the summer and when things like that happen I probably didn't handle it as well as I could've," Marsh said.

That loss might very well be acting as a motivation for Marsh as he embraces yet another chance at the top.

He's been challenged by Justin Langer to get himself not just mentally prepared but also physically.

He's been doing just that, even if it means throwing his unsuspecting Mum under the bus.

Stokes departs as Marsh strikes

Or in this case, a food truck.

"My body puts on weight easily and my Mum loves to feed me," he said.

"I haven't had as many roasts at home in the last six months," he added.

But not everything went Marsh's way today.

Just as he started his 17th over, he was struck by cramps and was forced from the field.

"I had a fair bit of adrenaline and by that stage of the game today I was cramped in both hankies and both calves," he said.

Marsh revealed his morning was akin to Christmas.

Indeed it must have felt that way having been gifted another opportunity to prove himself at this level.

Those who've placed their faith in him are hoping it's the gift that keeps giving.

If Mitch Marsh was impressive with his four wicket haul on Friday, he was arguably more impressive off it.

"I love playing for Australia, I just want to keep doing it," Marsh said.

So often the whipping boy of Australian cricket, he's holding out hope that one day he might be our poster boy.

"Most of Australia hate me," Marsh (half) joked.

"Look, Australians are passionate, they love their cricket, they want people to do well... there's non doubt I've had a lot of opportunity at test level and I haven't quite nailed it, but I feel they can respect me for the fact that I keep coming back," Marsh said.

"Hopefully I'll win them over one day" he said with something of a nervous laugh.

Fifth Test: Day 1 Highlights

Having carried the drinks for much of this Ashes series, Marsh has finally been given his chance in this match and it's an opportunity he's embraced.

If a positive mindset is the catalyst for success, Marsh is destined to be around for quite a while.

"As a professional athletes when you have setbacks you always think the worst and you think you might not play again after the summer like I had last year, but there's been no secret recipe I just worked my arse off the last five months hoping to get another opportunity," Marsh said

"I wanted to come here and have a positive influence on this group. I think I've done that running the drinks and I just waited for my opportunity and, yeah, today was a pleasing day," he said.

And Marsh revealed that coach Justin Langer has virtually given him a licence to unleash.

"JL (Justin langer) came up to me before the start of play and lunchtime and said 'go for it... attack. Bowl the way you want to bowl,'' Marsh revealed.

"It gave me great confidence to just go out there and give it everything I had," he added.

Injuries and form have conspired against Marsh in recent times and while he's been an easy target for social media, there were more personal, tragic issues, the West Australian was having to deal with.

"I lost a close friend to suicide at the start of the summer and when things like that happen I probably didn't handle it as well as I could've," Marsh said.

That loss might very well be acting as a motivation for Marsh as he embraces yet another chance at the top.

He's been challenged by Justin Langer to get himself not just mentally prepared but also physically.

He's been doing just that, even if it means throwing his unsuspecting Mum under the bus.

Stokes departs as Marsh strikes

Or in this case, a food truck.

"My body puts on weight easily and my Mum loves to feed me," he said.

"I haven't had as many roasts at home in the last six months," he added.

But not everything went Marsh's way today.

Just as he started his 17th over, he was struck by cramps and was forced from the field.

"I had a fair bit of adrenaline and by that stage of the game today I was cramped in both hankies and both calves," he said.

Marsh revealed his morning was akin to Christmas.

Indeed it must have felt that way having been gifted another opportunity to prove himself at this level.

Those who've placed their faith in him are hoping it's the gift that keeps giving.

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