Marsh wants to fill Faulkner’s finishing role

2015 World Cup

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh hopes he could fill the void in the side, after James Faulkner's untimely injury ruled him out of the opening match of the World Cup.

Faulkner pulled up with a side strain in the tri-series final against England on the 1 February, an early prognosis of the injury has ruled him out of Australia's first match of the World Cup, which they will be co-hosting with New Zealand, also against England on the 14 February.

Marsh, who would probably have struggled to make the starting XI if Faulkner would have been fit, wants to grab his opportunity with both hands if he gets the chance.

Faulkner has, over the last couple of years, become a very important cog in the Australia outfit, finishing games, with both bat and bowl, in stunning fashion.

Marsh said: "Losing James probably means one of the allrounders has to bowl a few more overs, so I'm hoping that's me. But I guess that's up to the selectors. I'm pretty confident [in my bowling].

"I'd like to fill that role, missing James. It's going to be good fun and hopefully if I get the opportunity I can take it.

"For me it's just bowling more and getting that experience in matches. I'd like to keep working on my death bowling and just be an option at the death.

"I think that's really important, to have as many options as we can. For me it's just about improving all facets."