Marsh confident of Test runs in Sri Lanka

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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is confident of doing well on the upcoming Test tour to Sri Lanka if he gets a shot, saying he has worked hard on improving his red ball batting.

While Marsh has been excellent for the Aussies in the shorter formats, with bat and ball, he has not impressed as much in Tests. He has one half ton in 15 Tests and averages just 23 with the bat, but feels he's ready to push on and help Australia win a series they will start out as favourites in the cricket betting odds for.

Marsh said on the CA website after his side's win in the Caribbean tri-series final: "It's been well documented and it's true – I haven't scored as many runs as I would have liked in the Test arena.

"I just can't wait (for the Test series in Sri Lanka). I'm champing at the bit … it's a big tour for us. I'm hungry for more runs, I'm not afraid.

"I've worked extremely hard and I'm quietly confident that in Sri Lanka the hard work will pay off."

He is particularly confident about his ability to play spin, something the Aussie have traditionally not enjoyed: "I'm really happy with the way I played spin.

"It was quite challenging at the first couple of grounds, where it was slow. Especially in Guyana, it turned a lot.

"It's just nice to see a bit of reward with both bat and ball in the last couple of games, ahead of Sri Lanka."

Marsh had a top score of 79 not out in the tri-series, and took three top order wickets in the final against the West Indies, earning him the man of the match award.

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