Mitch Marsh is in doubt over whether he is expected to lead the Australian team in this year's T20s Cricket World Cup, but the captain is doing all the right things. Marsh Allan was a popular Border Medal winner and has been in great form for the national team in all formats of the game.
However, his excellent response to a controversial moment in the second T20I against West Indies on Sunday shows that Marsh has the ideal temperament to be a great captain. Marsh was at the center of the biggest controversy in Australia's 34-run win – highlights Glenn Maxwell's record breaking century – When he thought he would run out Windies star Alzarri Joseph.
The Windies player tried to take a quick run after hitting the ball to Marsh, but the Australian captain bowled the ball to Spencer Johnson at the non-striker's end, causing the bails to fly. Bizarrely, umpire Gerard Abood decided that because no one on the Australian side had appealed, Joseph was not out, despite being short of the crease.
The Australian players protested for some time and eventually accepted the umpire's appeal and continued play. Marsh and his teammates were adamant that they had appealed but the umpire would not have listened. Showing his growing maturity and leadership in the Australian camp, Marsh says it's one of those moments where you have to accept the umpire's decision – even if it's not right.
“My thought was that maybe I should have appealed,” Marsh said of the incident's aftermath. “If you look back, maybe it (the umpire) was the right decision. There were some people who I thought appealed the boundary, but ultimately I look at it as any umpiring decision, we respect it and we have moved on.
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Marsh's reaction is the type of thing fans love to see, unlike many teammates who were incredulous about the decision on Sunday night. The 32-year-old's actions are another brilliant endorsement of his bid to captain Australia at this year's T20 World Cup. When Marsh was asked if he would like to retain the captaincy, he was tight-lipped.
“We'll see,” he said with a big smile, before explaining what it means to captain his country. “It is truly a privilege to lead this team. It's a huge honor,” he said. “The playing group and coaching staff we've got at the moment have made the job a lot easier.”
Pat Cummins captains the Test ODI teams, but Australia has not had a full-time T20 captain since retired great Aaron Finch stepped down from the captaincy last year. Matthew Wade stepped into the T20 captaincy on an interim basis for the five-match tour of India last year, but Marsh appears to be the favorite to lead the Australian team in the T20 showpieces in the United States and the Caribbean.
Marsh will continue the captaincy duties in the third and final T20 against West Indies at the Optus Stadium on Tuesday night. The Australian team leads the series 2-0, but they will be looking to clean sweep it before moving on. new zealand, “Although we have won the series, we want to win 3-0. This represents an exciting opportunity for us,” said Marsh.
Marsh will also captain Australia in a three-match T20 series against New Zealand starting on February 21, their last scheduled run-out in the format before June's World Cup. The all-rounder will also be part of the Australian Test squad, whose two-match series against the Black Caps begins on February 29 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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