Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is extremely pleased with the way fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood performed in Pune, and is hopeful of them continuing their good run.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Bengaluru Test, he said, "It's great if he (Starc) is in the Indians' heads, hopefully he can take a few wickets for us. He's one of the best bowlers in the world, if not the best bowler in the world. In these conditions, whilst all the talk has been about the spinners he's still our biggest weapon, I think.”
Josh Hazlewood also got the ball to reverse as he and Starc formed a potent pair. "In Pune, the wicket itself did a lot of work for us, it's not necessarily the square here. These balls scuff up well early on. Reverse swing will be huge for us. If we can get it going, we have got two of the best reverse swing bowlers in the world. They will still be huge weapons for us," Marsh explained.
The all-rounder faced over balls on the rank turner, and shared some insights on survival. "It was about learning to play with soft hands, so that it takes the fielders around the bat out of the game as much as possible. It's a big part of playing well over here, and it's something all our batsmen have worked on. In these conditions you've got to earn the right to attack and that's by having a solid defence. That's what I've been working on,” he further added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent