Highly-rated Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has indicated an ever-increasing willingness to enjoy multiple leadership roles in the ODI and Test cricketing setup with the appointment of a limited-overs captain as well as a deputy for captain Tim Paine in the longer format of the game scheduled soon.The lanky Australian enjoys the confidence and backing of legendary Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist as a potential candidate with Marsh eager to embrace the additional responsibilities involved in the role of a captain with open arms.“I think as a vice-captain you’ve got to be the best person you can be for your skipper, give them your full support and be a shoulder to lean on,” said Marsh when quizzed about the situation. “And around the group, you should be the same person. That’s one thing I’ve learned about leadership is to not change the reason you get appointed in the first place. You’ve become a leader because of the person you are, so I won’t change much. If those things come, they come. But I’m not focused on if I’m going to have a vice-captain next to my name,” he added.The 26-year-old has been appointed as the leader of the Australia-A outfit which will tour India later this year with a good performance all set to boost his credentials as a potential captain to a major extent. Marsh will be eager to step up and deliver the goods effectively after being relegated to the sidelines having undergone an ankle surgery recently.
“I’m still young when it comes to my leadership … but where we’re at at the moment, there’s going to be a few young leaders. Captaining the Australia A series in India, I don’t see it as a dress rehearsal for me, but I see it as a great opportunity to captain in those conditions,” said the Australian all-rounder.“I’ve captained in Australia and at the WACA, where … fast bowlers are used a lot more, so they’re different conditions. So this is an opportunity to work on my captaincy around spin, setting fields around the bat and those sort of things”.“I’ll work as much with the spinners and learn as much as I can so I can be the best captain I can be for WA and be the best leader I can be in Australian cricket,” emphasized Marsh.At the same time, Mitchell Marsh faces competition from the likes of Aaron Finch and Josh Hazlewood who have expressed interest as well with the former hailed as one of the favourites for the role. The upcoming cricketing series against India will play a key role in determining the cricketing board’s decision with all the candidates eager to put their best foot forward.