Samarnath Soory
15 Sep 2022 | 08:42 AM

Mitchell Marsh refuses to comment on ODI captaincy interest

The allrounder is among the options for Australia captaincy following the retirement of Aaron Finch

Allrounder Mitchell Marsh remained coy on his interest to succeed Aaron Finch as Australia's ODI captain as he felt it is up to Cricket Australia to decide. Marsh, who has captained Western Australia, said he is focused on helping Australia defend their T20 World Cup crown.

Besides Marsh, Australia also have Alex Carey and Test captain Pat Cummins as potential candidates. Opener David Warner is also an option, but the southpaw has a lifetime leadership ban on him with no indication if it will be overturned.

"I need to be very careful what I say here, you know I don't like headlines. I think there may be conversations down the track. But this World Cup is so important to us as a team, and for me personally it's everything I've worked for over the last couple of years," Marsh said at Western Australia's season launch on Thursday.

"Cricket Australia have a bit of time to make that call (captaincy) over the next few months, and we'll see where it lands," he added.

Marsh is currently nursing an ankle injury which has ruled him out Australia's upcoming three-match T20I series against India.

"The ankle is coming along pretty well. It's on the minor end, but with the World Cup coming up, it's really the only opportunity to get it right for that. I'm certainly not worried about it, it's coming along well and hopefully I'll be right to play against the West Indies in a few weeks' time," he said.

Marsh was also full of praise for Finch, who led Australia to the 2021 T20 World Cup title in UAE.

"He will be sorely missed in our change rooms over the next few years. 17 one-day international hundreds and I really hope he goes down as one of the greats of Australian cricket when it comes to white-ball cricket. Just a ripping bloke and a great captain," Marsh said.

Australia are also without Mitchell Starc (knee) and Marcus Stoinis (side strain) for the T20Is against India which starts on September 20 in Mohali.

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