'Really proud that I've never given up' - Mitchell Marsh after being named Australia's T20I captain for South Africa series

"It's pretty crazy how it all works out. Very proud moment. Probably not something I'd ever thought I would do, but really looking forward to the opportunity of going to South Africa," Marsh said.

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Australia star all-rounder Mitchell Marsh admitted to making mistakes earlier in his career. He has, however, expressed his delight in not giving up on his dreams of becoming a success in international cricket, which includes a spectacular return to the Test team with a century in the third Ashes Test at Headingley in July.

The 31-year-old is currently preparing to lead Australia in the T20I series in South Africa after being named the captain, with the first match set to be contested on August 30. He might also fill in for Pat Cummins during the ODIs in South Africa, as the regular captain is recuperating from a damaged wrist. He might potentially be a favorite for the post heading into the ICC T20 World Cup in 2024.
 
After being appointed as Aaron Finch's replacement as T20I captain, Marsh said that it is a proud moment for him. "It's pretty crazy how it all works out. Very proud moment. Probably not something I'd ever thought I would do, but really looking forward to the opportunity of going to South Africa," Marsh told SEN radio.

I try to take a lot of learnings from my failures: Mitchell Marsh

Marsh, who served as Australia’s Under-19 captain, earlier left the responsibility at Perth Scorchers because he felt he could not give it his whole effort as he attempted to return to national colors. He also ruled himself out of the ODI job after Finch's retirement in 2022. He stated that he is extremely proud of the fact that he has never given up and has worked hard to succeed in his career.

"Guess I'm very proud that I've stuck at it, and been through a little bit of adversity through my career - through my own fault, mind you - but [it's] nice to be recognised in our group as a leader. Think anyone who works hard and is driven to succeed in whatever field they are in, and they come up short, it can be bloody hard to be honest with you, and I'm really proud of the fact I've never really given up," he added.

He went on to say that he appreciated every aspect of his life, including the ups and downs, and that he tried to learn a lot from his failures. He added that he believes that his temperament will aid him in his leadership.

"I've also [been] through those lessons learnt to enjoy every part of my life - the ups and downs - and try to take a lot of learnings from my failures, and understand that whatever you do in life - whether it's cricket, sport, [or] business - you are going to fail, and it's [about] how you deal with those failures. Hopefully that will help me with my leadership, and [in] trying to win a few games for Australia," the 31-year-old further said.

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