Marsh ignoring critics as he makes case for defence
Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said he used to read what people were saying about him on social media, but those days have gone.
News 02 Mar 2017, 14:48 IST
Mitchell Marsh knows he must "earn the right to attack" in India and is paying little attention to his critics as he attempts to establish himself in the Australia Test side.
Marsh was dropped after a defeat to South Africa in the first Test last November, but earned a recall for the hammering of India in the opening Test in Pune.
The all-rounder made 31 in the second innings in testing conditions, but was not required to bowl as Steve O'Keefe did much of the damage with 12 wickets in the match.
Marsh continues to take flak from those who do not believe he can cut it at Test level, but the 25-year-old is only interested in doing what he can to silence the doubters.
"I've got 10 years to go hopefully," he said. "I try not to look too much into it. I wouldn't have too much confidence if I read all the comments on Facebook.
"It doesn't stress me out. I used to read a lot of it, then I had 10 innings where I didn't get over 30, I didn't have much to read, so I stopped reading it."
Marsh is ready to rein in his natural attacking approach with the bat when the second Test starts in Bangalore on Saturday.
He added: "It's a big part of playing well over here, and it's something all our batsmen have worked on.
"Against a turning ball, if you can back your defence then attacking the ball that's there will be much better.
"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."