Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has shown his reluctance to open the innings in Test cricket once David Warner retires as well. He also added that he enjoys batting at No. 6 and is reluctant to have it changed as well. The all-rounder smashed 90 on day 2 of the 1st Test against Pakistan in Perth to give Australia a good total of 487. He also had success in England in the Ashes this year while batting in the lower middle order, hitting a run-a-ball 118 in Headingley.
Speaking after the play on day 2, Marsh said as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald, “How do I answer this without making a headline? For me I appreciate there’s talk about it and eventually we’re going to need a new opener with Davey leaving, but I’ve worked really hard to get back in this side and for me to look forward to having a role as an opener just doesn’t make sense to me.”
He further added: “I love being at number six and in my last four Test matches I’ve really found my way and I guess who I am as a Test cricketer and I’m loving it, so I’m reluctant to change that.”
“But I just wanted to come into this Test team and be really true to myself. I’m thankful to Patty [Cummins] and Ronnie [coach Andrew McDonald] for helping me get to this point where I’ve found my method that works. I don’t necessarily have the technique of Smudger and Marnus where they can defend and leave for hours and get through those periods,” Mitchell Marsh concluded.