McDermott: Mitch Marsh has strengthened us


Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott says allrounder Mitch Marsh has worked hard over last few months to get his bowling speed up and add to the already formidable Aussie bowling attack.

Marsh came into the Australia team for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, in place of Shane Watson, and made an instant impact with the ball.

The right-arm bowler took three wickets in the match and bowled lots of overs at good pace as the visitors leveled the five-match series with a huge 405-run win at the Home of Cricket.

McDermott told ESPNcricinfo: "Mitchell Marsh's hard work over the last four months or so is really starting to pay off and going to  strengthen us.

"His approach to the wicket, his speed through the crease, and his pace is up, he almost clocked 140kph in the Test match.

"He's excited about being fit and swinging the ball while bowling fast. He's chasing 140 too, he wants to have a '4' in front of his number and that's good for us.

"If you've got an allrounder who's capable of bowling 140kph it certainly makes your bowling attack quite different."

The fact that Marsh made such a significant impact with the ball has allowed captain Michael Clarke to use his strike bowler Mitchell Johnson in short sharp spells.

Johnson was back to his devastating best at Lord's bowling quick at the England batsman, evoking memories of the 2013/2014 Ashes where he took 37 wickets.

McDermott continued: "And the better he bowls the more he will be capable of doing in an innings, from 8-10 overs to 12-15, and that allows the other blokes like a Mitchell Johnson to bowl three or four over spells and just be on the money, bowling fast all the time.

"It changes Pup's (Clarke's) dynamics quite a lot as a captain."