CRICKET: Mitch Marsh could play in India as a frontline paceman, but the former Aussie No.6 says he now knows how to get the runs that never came before he was dumped from the Test team.
The West Australian will go to India as a bowling all-rounder likely to bat deep in the order, and he could even be one of only two quicks picked should conditions dictate the need for a side loaded with spinners.
Marsh was axed after the Aussies were demolished by South Africa in Hobart after mediocre returns batting at six.
He was then overlooked for a recall during the series against Pakistan when selectors opted for Hilton Cartwright, who didn't even make the 16-man squad for India, with Marsh's bowling seen as superior by selectors.
Marsh said he had been bowling at "Test level” for Western Australia and also in the Big Bash since he was dropped, and his confidence in that area had never wavered.
But he still considers himself a batting all-rounder and said he used his time away from the Test team to re-evaluate the way he should do things.
"Reflecting on why I got dropped, that was probably the one thing that let me down: I was trying to bat like someone I am not, and bat like a traditional batsman, and that's not me,” he said.
"I've got to go out there and play my shots, play with freedom. I might get out in an ugly way here or there but I think that's going to give me the best opportunity to score runs.”
More freedom to swing will come the further Marsh moves away from the No.6 spot.
And the 25-year-old hopes more enjoyment will also come from his Test experience after being bogged down by pressure the first time around.
"The biggest thing (learned from the dumping) is to not get so down on myself,” he said.
"Wearing the baggy green you want to do well all the time and I was literally living the dream for a couple of years playing Test cricket.
"For me moving forward I am going to enjoy it. I know if I train hard and prepare for every game that's the best I can do and hopefully I will be able to perform.”
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