Have to thank the coaching staff for backing me: Marsh

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Have to thank the coaching staff for backing me: Marsh

Mitchell Marsh hailed the influence of the coaching staff, stating that they are responsible behind his success

Having started the tournament with a 11 against South Africa, all eyes was on Mitchell Marsh, who was a key figure in the batting department, at No.3. While he was dropped for the clash against England, where Australia went with Ashton Agar, the return of the all-rounder coincided with the best run for Aaron Finch’s side in the competition. 

Against West Indies, Marsh showed the form that gave his rise in the shortest format before he came out blazing against Pakistan in the semi-final. However, he saved his best for the final against New Zealand, where he scored a scintillating 50-ball 77, a knock that consisted of six boundaries and four sixes. 

In the post-match presentation, Mitchell Marsh credited his success to the coaching staff, who thanked for backing him through thick and thin. 

"The coaching staff came up to me in the West Indies about six months ago and said I was going to bat three for this tournament and series and I absolutely jumped at the idea of that," Marsh said during the post-match interview.

"I'd done a little bit for the (Perth) Scorchers back home, but I've obviously got all the staff and everyone involved In the Australian setup (to thank) for backing me and getting me up the top there.

"I just love playing my role for this team. I feel like a lot of people say this, but I don't really have words right now. What an amazing six weeks with this group of men I absolutely love them to death and we're world champions."

Coming to the crease after the fall of his captain Aaron Finch in the third over, Marsh added 92 with David Warner (53) and shared an unbeaten 66 off 39 balls with Glenn Maxwell (28) as Australia chased down a target of 173 with seven balls to spare.

Marsh said it wasn't a well-thought-out innings and he just looked to make his presence felt in the final.

"I'll be honest with you, there wasn't a whole lot of thinking that goes into that," he said.

"I just wanted to get out there and have a presence. Marcus Stoinis always talks to me about having a presence and getting in the contest.

"That allows me to go out there and play my game I can't believe it and it's unbelievable."

(With inputs from PTI)

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