‘Marsh, Maxwell as talented as De Villiers’

Australia selector Rod Marsh has made a bold claim by saying that Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are as talented as South Africa superstar AB de Villiers, the number one batsman in the world.

De Villiers is ranked number one in ODIs and second in Tests, but Marsh wasn’t comparing current records. He was comparing natural talent, and felt that all-rounders Marsh and Maxwell could reach De Villiers’ heights.

He said of the youngsters: “”Put it this way, those two blokes between them have as much natural talent as any two blokes in world cricket.

“South Africa’s AB de Villiers might be one (who has as much talent). He can do anything that bloke. Brilliant.

“But I don’t see too many other blokes around with as much natural talent as these blokes.

“What they’ve got to do is make runs and take wickets and become consistent players. That’s all we want.”

The former batsman added: “It will be a pretty strong cricket team in a few years’ time if we can get these young blokes in and them being consistent, the world’s their oyster.”