Boof names Marsh as Watson heir


29 March, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Australia coach Darren Lehmann hopes Mitchell Marsh can step into the big shoes of retired veteran allrounder Shane Watson.
Watson bowed out of international cricket on Sunday following Australia’s group-stage exit in the World T20 at the hands of a Virat Kohli-inspired India in Mohali.
Marsh, who missed the six-wicket loss to the tournament hosts, has already taken Watson’s spot in Test and one-day cricket, and now Lehmann hopes the 24-year-old can achieve the feat in all three formats.
“Mitch has really grown as a player at international level for us,” Lehmann said.
“He’s certainly batting a lot better in one-day cricket for us and it was a tough call to leave him out and bring (opener Aaron) Finch back, that’s the balance we wanted to go with.
“You’d hope he steps up into his (Watson’s) shoes.
 “He’s got the talent to do that, it’s up to him to perform now.”
 It was a breakthrough summer for Marsh, who battled to nail down his Test spot in the middle order with the bat, but excelled with the ball and in Australia’s limited-overs campaigns home and abroad.