Tasmania v WA, Sheffield Shield, Hobart, 2nd day December 9, 2013

Mitchell Marsh helps Western Australia take charge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Western Australia 258 and 5 for 115 (M Marsh 40*, Rainbird 3-32) lead Tasmania 196 (Gulbis 80, Butterworth 72, M Marsh 4-19, Duffield 3-55) by 177 runs

Mitchell Marsh enjoyed a strong all-round day as Western Australia took first-innings points on the second day against Tasmania in Hobart. Marsh picked up 4 for 19 and then finished unbeaten on 40, alongside Sam Whiteman on 15, and at 5 for 115 the Warriors had extended their advantage to 177 runs after bowling the Tigers out for 196.

Tasmania began the day on 0 for 7 but things deteriorated rapidly when all of their top five batsmen were dismissed without reaching double figures, and when they stumbled to 7 for 41 a follow-on scenario appeared to be on the cards. But Luke Butterworth and Evan Gulbis then fought back with a 145-run eighth-wicket stand that gave Tasmania hope of taking first-innings points.

However, on 72 Butterworth fell to Marsh and Gulbis (80 off 73 balls) was the last man out with the score on 196. Sam Rainbird (3 for 32) then claimed three victims in his opening spell as Western Australia's top three all failed to reach double figures, but Marsh and Shield debutant Ashton Turner (30) helped Western Australia steady.

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  • Bryn on December 11, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    just needs a few more runs and he will be In the test team with the opportunity to become the great allrounder that he should become

  • Peter on December 9, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx 100% agree. He has a long way to go.

  • Izmi on December 9, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    If Mitchell Marsh can consistently score runs and take wickets I am sure very soon he will be well on his way to winning a test cap in the Australian cricket team as an allrounder. It is very disappointing that he has not lived to his promise so far and has failed to grab the chances he has been offered to represent Australia in limited overs cricket. Since he is only 22 he still has plenty of time to break into the Australian cricket team as an allrounder in both test and limited overs cricket.

  • James on December 9, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    @drfarnsworth: Absolutely. He shouldn't be anywhere near the Australian sides at the minute but he is only 22, even if it takes him 5/6 years, if it takes that long to get the best of him it would be worth it because he is a fine talent.

  • Michael on December 9, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    No offence, I'm sure he's a great guy, but Marsh is 2-3 really good Shield seasons away from even being considered for Tests. Regardless of promise, potential, genetics, etc, there are far better batters/bowlers/allrounders at the moment and prematurely putting him in the team won't benefit him or anyone. Let's hope he does continue to improve and in a few years, with 8+ centuries and 100+ wickets he'll play an important part of the team (when Watson retires?).

  • James on December 9, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Mitch Marsh starting to deliver on his promise! Good on him, keep it going.

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