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India vs Australia: Ready for Graveyard Shift with Ball, Says All-Rounder Mitchell Marsh

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 4, 2018, 2:52 PM IST

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh wants to chip in more in the bowling department and is more than willing to do the "graveyard shift" in the forthcoming four-match Test series against India. Although Marsh has been classified as an all-rounder his Test match returns with the ball are mediocre, having taken just 35 wickets in his 30 matches at an average of over 42.

"I'm fully fit, rearing to go, got some good overs under my belt the last couple of weeks for Western Australia. I'm feeling great," Marsh said in Adelaide ahead of the first Test.

"My goal for this summer is to start chipping in with the ball and get a few more wickets for the team. I love coming on in the graveyard shift, 70 to 80 overs when the ball's doing nothing and trying to sneak in a wicket. I really want to take my bowling to the next level in this team. That's about taking your opportunity when you get it."

Plenty of questions have been raised about Marsh's place in the team following a horrific tour of the UAE but the 27-year-old is likely to retain his place. Australia's batting order for the opening encounter - Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine - is more or less confirmed and the Western Australian wants to make that No. 6 spot his own.

"After the UAE, there's no doubt that there's a few questions marks over me, so I'm just really pumped if I'm selected to get out there and play in front of Australian crowds again, its a great time of year. I am feeling good," Marsh said.

"I think No. 6 is a great position to bat especially if you've bowled a few overs you always get a bit of time to have a rest. I'm doing my best to make the No. 6 position my own in this team, so that's all I can do."

This will be Australia's first Test match at home since the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa. When asked about what kind of reception he is expecting from the home crowd, Marsh said: "It's been a big build up to this Test match but there's a great feeling around this group," he said. "We've all trained exceptionally well and prepared the best we possibly can. That's all we can do, now it's about going out there and hopefully putting it together as a batting unit, but we all feel really good at the moment.

"We're pumped to get back here and play in front of our home crowds. We want to play an exciting brand of cricket that people want to come and watch. We know there's going to be a lot of Indian fans here too, so that's always exciting to play in front of them. But we're just pumped to get back playing in front of our fans."

First Published: December 4, 2018, 1:11 PM IST

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