All-rounder Mitchell Marsh isn’t sure of his standing in the Australian Test team, after being named a vice-captain but dropped from the XI.
Marsh was deemed surplus to requirement for this month’s series opener against India in Adelaide, where the hosts lost by 31 runs, and is not guaranteed a berth for the second fixture in Perth.
‘I don’t know where I stand in that sense. Lucky we’ve got two vice-captains,’ said Marsh, who shares the vice-captaincy with fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.
‘I was obviously very disappointed to miss out in the first Test but I understood the reasons why. Ultimately, you’ve got two ways to go about it – you can either sulk and go into your shell or you can put a smile on your face and enjoy the hard work, enjoy the challenge of getting back into that Test side.
Australia might recall Marsh, if seamer Mitchell Starc is dropped. Starc was deemed relatively ineffective in the first Test by former fast bowlers Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming and others.
‘I was certainly pumped about playing in Perth and I still am. I’m in the squad, so I’d say I’m a chance. Ultimately it’ll come down to conditions and how the bowlers pull up,’ added Marsh.