Former Australian pace bowler Jason Gillespie feels Australia might drop Mitchell Marsh for the fourth Ashes Test if veteran all-rounder Cameron Green regains fitness. Marsh, however, came to the team in Headingley because of Green’s injury and made the most of it, smashing a stunning hundred. However, Gillespie said that if the Aussies decide to bring 24-year-old Green back into the XI then Marsh is likely to be out.
In his column for the Daily Mail on Sunday, Jason Gillespie wrote: “Mitchell Marsh scoring that brilliant century in the first innings at Headingley will have given the selectors a lot of food for thought. But Cameron Green is the incumbent. If he is fit and they only go with one of them, I think the likelihood is that Green will slot straight back in.”
Gillespie further added: “He knows he is Green’s understudy and that his chances of playing Test cricket depend on Green’s availability. So, he has absolutely nothing to lose when he goes out to bat. He can just see ball and hit ball, and I have always said Mitch is at his best when he plays with that sort of clarity. When he hits them, they stay hit. In that hundred, he played some of the best shots of this series.”
However, Mitchell Marsh has been around for a while and he has shown his capability so far as well. Jason Gillespie is happy that Marsh was able to deliver when his team required it the most.
“He famously said in 2019 that ‘most of Australia hate me’ and I know what he was getting at. The Australian public got a bit frustrated with his output. They felt he flattered to deceive, getting starts and never going on with it.””He threatened to do great things but never quite did. But he certainly didn’t disgrace himself and maybe the expectation of the public was too great. I think the public have definitely shown more patience with Cameron,” he concluded.