The Northern Territory news Fri 24 Mar 2023
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56 SPORT Friday March 24 2023 NTNEWS.COM.AU NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Mitch still lethal Cup weapon MITCH Marsh missed most of the home summer, including the BBL title charge by his Perth Scorchers, after having surgery to prolong a career interrupted by injury. The star all-rounder hasnt yet begun bowling again and Australian selectors could perhaps tell him to keep it that way to preserve the body of his teams biggest World Cup weapon. Having been man of the final in Australias T20 World Cup win in 2021, Marsh was the key in an ODI series win in India that provided a blueprint for the World Cup in the subcontinent this year. The victory also elevated the Aussies to No.1, making them the top team in Test and ODI cricket. While Adam Zampa (4-41) and Ashton Agar (2-45) took six wickets to halt what appeared an Indian charge to victory in the decider in Chennai, Marsh set up the win. Opening the batting in all three games, including the third despite the return of David Warner, Marsh got off to a flyer with some bludgeoning boundaries. He and Travis Head put on 68 for the first wicket, with Head out first before Marsh followed, having struck eight boundaries and a six in his innings of 47. It took Marshs series tally to 194 runs, at an average of 97, with a mammoth 24 fours and 12 sixes. For context, none of his teammates scored more than 100 runs in the series, and the rest of the team together hit eight sixes. Marsh was named man of the series and conceded batting without bowling was easier on the body. But he wont put that part of his game away, knowing how dangerous a team full of allrounders can be in a World Cup in India. Its fantastic (to bat without bowling). Its certainly a lot easier on the body and I was a lot fresher when I was batting, he said. But I love bowling and I love the fact we have all-rounders in our squad. It gives our captain a lot of options. Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) had to bowl 10 overs and I felt bad for him its a long time since hes had to do that. Its also about being there for my mates and making sure I give the skipper as many options as I can. Hopefully, the bowling is not too far away. Having lost the opening match of the series, the Aussies won matches two and three to make a World Cup statement, having used players including Nathan Ellis and Sean Abbott in the absence of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Marsh also said he loved the opportunity to open but knows it may not be permanent as Australia plots its path to the World Cup. Russell Gould Mitchell Marsh again starred as Australia beat India. Picture: AFP TRUE to his word, Eddie Jones is raiding rival codes and rival teams in a massive revamp of the coaching staff that will lead the Wallabies to this years World Cup in France. Jones latest recruits are an AFL head of football and an English scrummaging expert. The latter is Neal Hatley, forwards coach of English Premiership side Bath, who helped Jones take England to the 2019 World Cup final in Japan destroying Australia in the quarter-finals. With the Wallabies on track for a possible quarter-final showdown with the Poms at this years World Cup in France, Jones has moved quickly to secure Hatley. Im honoured to join Eddie and the Wallabies in whats a massive year with the World Cup just over five months away, Hatley said. I know theres plenty of po tential within the playing group in Australia and Im looking forward to maximising that when I begin the role. Jones has also lured David Rath from St Kilda, where hes been working as a biomechanist and strategist. Before joining the Saints, Rath was part of the Hawthorn staff that led the Hawks to four AFL flags in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He joins the Wallabies in the role of learning coordinator. Jones is tickled pink with his new high-profile signings. Its great to have Neal and David on board with the Wallabies, Jones said. Neals a coach with a tremendous amount of experience and knows whats required to be successful at international level. David has worked with the best coaches in the AFL and will bring a skill set that will help aid our learning environment. Double delight for Wallabies mentor Julian Linden Eddie Jones. Make an informed choice on the punt Gamble responsibly. Form iQ, Sectionals & Expert Feed are exclusive to Racenet iQ.Gamble responsibly. Form iQ, Sectionals & Expert Feed are exclusive to Racenet iQ. Form iQ Blackbook Sectionals Expert Tips & Analysis Speed Maps racenet.com.au