Marsh prepared to do ‘graveyard shift’ with the ball


Australia allrounder Mitch Marsh says he is prepared to take the “graveyard shift” with the ball and take his bowling to the next level this summer.

Marsh is set to return to the number six position in the Aussie batting order for the first of four Tests against India, starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

The 27-year-old batted as high as number four in the Test series against Pakistan in October without much success and there have been calls for him to dropped from side.

However, it seems like the hosts will stick with Marsh as he bowls handy seamers that will offer relief to the three frontline fast bowlers of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

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Marsh now wants to improve on his bowling numbers in the longest format where he has taken 35 wickets in 30 Tests at an average of more than 42.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Marsh said: “My goal this summer is to start really chipping in with the ball and get some more wickets for the team.

“I love coming on in the graveyard shift after 70 or 80 overs when the ball’s doing nothing and trying to sneak a wicket.

“I really want to take my bowling to the next level in this team.”

Australia and India will play four Tests in a month and Hazlewood said on Monday that any relief for the fast bowlers will be most welcome.

The seamer said: “Four (Tests) in a month is tough going. It all depends how much you bowl during the games.

“Maybe Adelaide and Perth will have the most in the wickets out of the four tracks. If you get a light innings here or there, it pays dividends later in the summer.”