Young Marsh ready for first team action

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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels his recall to the senior side after a year on the sidelines has been just reward for his efforts on and off the field, having overcome injuries and disciplinary issues.

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh feels his recall to the senior side after a year on the sidelines has been just reward for his efforts on and off the field, having overcome injuries and disciplinary issues.

The 22 year old paceman and batsman is part of the 14-man squad for the tri-series in Zimbabwe, against South Africa and the hosts, after impressing for Australia A in July with a double ton and a number of wickets.

His last of four ODIs came in June last year against Sri Lanka, and though he has yet to break into the Test team or hold a cemented ODI place, he feels he is ready after working hard to adjust his attitude.

Marsh said on the Cricket Australia website: "It's been over 12 months since I've played for Australia so, if I get the opportunity, hopefully I can take it this time and hang around for a while.

"I certainly feel ready now to take on the opportunity of playing cricket for Australia. We all know I've had a few ups and downs. That's certainly made me stronger as a person.

"I think I've certainly matured, not only as a cricketer, but as a person. Everything I've done up to date is gone, and I've got to start again now.

"I've just got to keep working hard. That's all I can do as a youngster coming into this team."

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