Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has made a remarkable comeback in the fifth Ashes test against England by scalping 4 wickets for 35 runs.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh is acutely aware he polarises Australian cricket fans but hopes forgoing his mum's roast dinners as part of a new fitness regime might help win their respect.
Marsh was recalled to the Australian team after a hiatus. Marsh celebrated his recall to the side for the first time since last year's Boxing Day Test against India by taking 4-35 as Australia turned the screws on England in the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval on Thursday.
England were 271-8 at stumps on day one after Jos Buttler's unbeaten 64 rescued their innings. "Yeah, most of Australia hate me," Marsh said before laughing. Marsh acknowledged his see-sawing form had made it difficult for home fans to warm to him. "Australians are very passionate, they love their cricket, they want people to do well.”
"But hopefully they can respect me for the fact I keep coming back and I love playing for Australia, I love the baggy green cap and I'll keep trying and hopefully I'll win them over one day."
Marsh was one of the leading players of Australia before he was dumped and lost his central contract last year. The 27-year-old said there were times after he lost his central contract when he doubted he would be back in the Australian side.
Personal issues had also affected him in the last year, including the suicide of a close friend, while his fitness and strength were also lacking, something that coach Justin Langer had asked him to work on.