Marsh joked on the eve of the match, “I told David Warner that maybe he could bat at number three, but I was told no.” “But yes, very happy to go back to three. I’ve obviously batted a lot there over the last few years, so I feel really comfortable at three. And if and when Headey comes back, I think That’s the best situation for me to play for this team.”
However, Marsh’s figures at first-drop are not particularly impressive: he averages 22.25 after 12 innings there. This compares with his average of 60.55 when opening, although that figure was significantly boosted by his career-best 121 off 108 balls on Friday.
However, 2023 has been a productive year for him, cementing himself in Australia’s ODI squad with an average of 45.92 in 14 innings. Marsh said there was no major technological change that drove this evolution – just hard work.
“Not much has changed (in my game),” Marsh said. “I probably haven’t lost sight of the fact that I was striving for something and kept working hard during a time that was harder than others.
“The last few years, I think I’ve been as consistent, which was something I was always striving for. I think all the best players in the world that you look at, and certainly our team. , They’re very consistent. And I’ve been the same way.”
Australia lost its first two games in the tournament, but have now won two in a row. On the surface, their next opponent would appear to be the softest opponent in the league stage. But Marsh said Australia were not taking anything lightly against a team that had defeated South Africa.
“No game is easy at all. And you go into every game doing all the proper homework and hoping you can win,” he said. “So, tomorrow is no different for us. We respect the Netherlands; they are playing some good cricket and it will be a tough challenge.”