Mitchell Marsh confident about return for Pakistan series

He also couldn't play for Surrey in this county season.

Mitchell Marsh
Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Mitchell Marsh suffered an ankle injury earlier this year when Australia toured South Africa for a four-match Test series. His campaign started with a superlative knock of 96 runs at the Kingsmead Durban, however, he couldn’t chip in with the significant scores thereafter. Horrors of horror, he hasn’t played any competitive cricket ever since the last Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

He underwent an ankle injury and was subsequently ruled out of Australia’s tour of England for five ODIs and a solitary T20I. The Men in Yellow lost all their matches and Marsh’s absence was well and truly felt. Marsh was also scheduled to play for Surrey, but the injury made sure that he was ruled out of the county season as well. It was the same county for which Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, was slated to play.

I’ll be fully fit for that tour

Australia are now scheduled to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October where they will take part in two Tests, five ODIs, and one T20I. Meanwhile, Marsh sounded confident on his return for the tour. The 26-year old also reckons that the inclusion of an all-rounder on the tour will be important on conditions if the team is planning to play two spinners.

“From my perspective and where I see the plan, I’ll be fully fit for that tour. I’ve still got 12 weeks, I’ll start bowling in three weeks so I’ll be fully fit for that tour. My ankle is honestly feeling great and I’ve had no setbacks so far. I think the all-rounder role is going to be really important if we’re going to go with two spin options in those conditions,” Marsh was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

Last year in March, he also underwent a shoulder surgery followed by rehabilitation that kept him on the sidelines for quite a while. Marsh reminisced about the struggle after returning from the injury layoff.

“It certainly took a fair while for me to find a bit of rhythm. I was quite impatient with my bowling when I came back. I thought I’d done a lot of hard work and it was going to be all good when I came back, but I was bowling powder puffs for a few months and that was quite frustrating,” the Western Australian cricketer added.

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