It may not have been the Mitch that Australian Twenty20 captain Cameron
White was expecting in his squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
White believed the injection of young blood like tour bolter Mitchell
Marsh may be just what his side needed after selectors overlooked
paceman Mitchell Johnson.
Teenagers Marsh and Pat Cummins as well
as 23-year-old wicketkeeper Matthew Wade were the uncapped players
named in a 14-strong T20 squad on Wednesday.
out-of-form Johnson – who struggled on the recent Sri Lankan tour – was
included in the 14-man one-day squad, although David Hussey lost his
spot to David Warner.
Asked if Marsh was a bolter, White said: “Maybe, yeah. But I think people realise he is a very talented player.
“He’s a genuine all-rounder.
“I would say he has a future in all formats of the game.”
And after being whitewashed in Sri Lanka, the T20 side needed something ahead of their South African tour according to White.
“Hopefully these young guys give us a spark and we can get a couple of wins in South Africa,” White said.
years after captaining Australia to the Under-19 World Cup title,
Marsh, 19, has joined brother Shaun in the senior T20 squad.
Marsh lines up with his sibling in South Africa they will become only
the second set of brothers to play in the same Australian T20 side after
Michael and David Hussey.
His family were already celebrating a
huge month in which Shaun struck a Test century on debut and dad,
ex-Australian opener Geoff, was named Sri Lanka’s new head coach.
“I was really shocked but I think I’m ready,” Marsh told the ESPNcricinfo website.
“Hopefully I can get over there and get a game with Shaun – it would be unbelievable.”
A shoulder injury to all-rounder John Hastings opened the door for Marsh, who impressed on July’s Australia A tour of Zimbabwe.
Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said Doug Bollinger had been preferred to Johnson in the T20 squad.
While Johnson struggled in the Tests in Sri Lanka, on paper his T20 record isn’t bad – 36 wickets at 20.11.
But Hilditch said on Wednesday: “Mitchell has struggled in this format of the game to date.
“Most Twenty20 internationals have been at the start of tours and Mitchell has not always been at his best in these matches.
“We are sure he will put a lot of pressure on us to pick him in the future in the Twenty20 team.”
Another bolter was surprise Cricket Australia contract recipient Cummins.
18-year-old 150kph quick was named in both squads on Wednesday,
receiving the news in India where NSW are playing in the Champions
League T20 tournament.
He will become Australia’s youngest ODI debutant if he plays in South Africa, pipping NSW teammate Josh Hazlewood.
Cummins is yet to take a one-day wicket for NSW in the two games he has played for his state.
However, he was the Big Bash’s leading wicket-taker last season with 11 scalps at 14.09.
Australia play two T20s against South Africa on October 13 and 16, with the three-match ODI series starting on October 19.
The squad to play two Tests will be announced early next month.