Sydney, May 2 (ANI): Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer has said that he believes that reformed party-boy Mitchell Marsh has the potential to become a key figure for his country with bat and ball, following his inclusion in the ICC Champions Trophy squad.
The tall all-rounder from the domestic side Western Australia (WA) had made his one-day debut against South Africa towards the end of 2011 and, despite not featuring in another ODI since, will travel to England for the eight-nation tournament, which takes place in June, News.com.au reports.
Stating that Marsh deserved the call-up, Langer, who is the coach of WA, praised Marsh's talent and potential, saying that the young cricketer has got his reward for his season in one-day cricket.
According to the report, although Marsh has been a consistent performer on the field, his controversial off-field activities have gained him unnecessary attention as he was sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane as a disciplinary measure after he was found 'unfit to train'.
The report further said that Marsh, who has scored 878 runs in his 27 one-day games with an average of 39.90, was also dropped by the Perth Scorchers following a big night out during the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.
However, Langer said that he hoped that Marsh has learned the right lessons from those incidents, adding that although Marsh had made those mistakes because of his youth and inexperience, he will come out stronger from those incidents.
Further praising Marsh, Langer said that the all-rounder Marsh's height, his ability to field, bowl and bat anywhere in the order makes him an attractive commodity in Australia cricket, adding that he wants to see Marsh fight for the all-rounder spot in the Australian team.
Marsh's talent was spotted early when he captained Australia's U19s to victory in the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand, the report added. (ANI)