Captain Marsh to keep Australia ‘nice and relaxed’ – Sport

MELBOURNE: The honour of captaining Australia sits lightly on Mitchell Marsh’s shoulders as he prepares to lead the team in search of an unprecedented treble of major global titles at the T20 World Cup in June.

Marsh was confirmed as captain with the squad’s naming on Wednesday, continuing a remarkable comeback for the laconic all-rounder since his recall during last year’s Ashes.

The 32-year-old has already proved a popular and successful skipper, leading the team to series wins over New Zealand and T20 World Cup co-hosts West Indies.

His laid-back demeanour sits well with an Aust­ra­lian side who have reac­hed great heights since pa­rting ways with head coach Justin Langer.

Marsh said being selectors’ faith in his leadership would do little to change him.

“One of the biggest things I’ve learnt is to not change too much,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “Obviously, there’s a lot of preparation and planning that goes into a World Cup and that’ll happen over the next month.

“But once we get there it’s (about) keeping everything nice and relaxed, keeping the environment good.”

Australia look to become the first nation to hold the global T20, one-day and Test championships at the same time with another triumph in the US and Caribbean.

“It’s not something we necessarily focus on as a group,” Marsh said. “It would never have been done before so that will be special but there so many things you’ve got to get through at a World Cup before you can even get a crack at that.”

Published in Dawn, May 3rd, 2024

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