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Coach McDonald supports Mitchell Marsh as captain for Australia in T20 WC

Head Coach Andrew McDonald has backed Mitchell Marsh to captain Australia in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the USA in June. McDonald, part of the selection panel, will recommend to Cricket Australia board that Marsh be handed the reins on a formal basis as the role is still up for grabs post-Aaron Finch’s retirement.

Marsh has been leading the team on an unofficial basis since Finch’s retirement after Australia’s T20 World Cup campaign in 2022. He led the team to a 3-0 victory in South Africa, a 2-1 win against West Indies at home, and a 3-0 sweep in New Zealand. McDonald stated, “I think all roads will lead to Mitch, so just got to get that ticked off in certain areas.”

“We’re happy and comfortable with the way he’s been able to operate with that T20 team. We think he’s the leader for the World Cup, and I think that will just be a matter of due course,” McDonald added. Marsh’s redemption as an international player began in the 20-over game when he led his team to the 2021 World Cup trophy.

In the final against New Zealand, Marsh was the player of the match with an unbeaten 77 from 50 balls as Australia chased down a victory target of 173 with more than an over to spare. With 1432 runs and nine half-centuries in 54 T20Is, Marsh also has 17 wickets at a 22.76 average. The selection panel comprising McDonald, George Bailey, and Tony Dodemaide will advise CA of their preferred choice for the captaincy.

The decision to endorse Marsh as the captain will be crucial for Australia’s campaign in the T20 World Cup. With his experience and success in leading the team to victories in recent series, Marsh’s leadership qualities have impressed the selectors. The formal announcement is awaited, as the team gears up for the upcoming challenges in the T20 format under his captaincy.

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