Australia’s search for a new limited overs captain hasn’t gotten any easier since Mitchell Marsh has ruled himself out of the job.
Marsh, who is viewed as one of the top contenders to succeed Aaron Finch following his retirement from one-day cricket, says he would rather focus on his personal game than take on the leadership role.
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That leaves star batter David Warner perhaps as the front runner, although to do so would require Cricket Australia (CA) to lift his leadership ban imposed after the 2018 ball-tampering scandal.
Finch will consider his T20 future after the upcoming World Cup, but should CA decide they want a captain for both codes, he may have to relinquish the role.
When asked Tuesday morning if he would raise his hand for the one-day captaincy role, Marsh said the role wasn’t for him.
“To be honest, I’m probably out of the race,” he said.
“I had to get the body right for this World Cup. The World Cup is such an exciting prospect for all of us that I’m just not on my toes about things like that (captain) at the moment.
“Cricket Australia has a decision to make after the World Cup…I really didn’t think of that.”
While Marsh balked at a firm endorsement from Warner, he acknowledged the 35-year-old could bring a lot to the job.
“He’s a great leader in our group,” Marsh said.
“As far as all decisions go, I’m definitely avoiding all those conversations. But he’s a great man in the squad.”
Marsh hit 36 runs in his now-customary No 3 role in Sunday’s T20 series opener against England in Western Australia.
The teams will face off again on Wednesday at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
All-rounder Marsh didn’t bowl in Perth but said it remains the plan for the World Cup.
“The body feels good at this stage,” he said.
“Hopefully I can bowl properly in the first warm-up game, but with Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) back bowling now it’s a bit of a luxury that we can work as a team and really work towards the World Cup.
“We’re going to get four overs out of ourselves; Some days it’s me, some days it’s Stoin, and some days it’s Maxy (Glenn Maxwell).
“The best T20 teams in the world over the last five, six years have that flexibility… we’re almost a team within a team.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-australia-facing-hand-wringing-david-warner-decision-after-mitchell-marsh-pulls-out-of-one-day-captaincy-race-c-8510250 Cricket Australia faces David Warner’s hand-wringing decision after Mitchell Marsh pulled out of the one-day captaincy race