Dubai: After being dropped from the first Test against India, Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh on Tuesday stated that one has to face the challenge of getting back into the team.
"I was obviously very disappointed to miss out in the first Test, but I understood the reasons why. Ultimately, you've got two ways to go about it and enjoy the hard work, enjoy the challenge of getting back into that Test side," ICC quoted Marsh, as saying.
"Every Test match you miss out on is shattering. I got plenty of messages of support. I cop a fair bit but I do have a lot of people who care about me and always have support for me," he added.
In spite of scoring 151 for Western Australia, Marsh was left out of the playing XI for the Adelaide Test. He then returned to captain Western Australia, but scores of 21 and 11 and just one wicket didn't strengthen his case for selection in the second Test at Perth, starting December 14.
Marsh's numbers with the bat in the longest format have dipped significantly since his 96 runs against South Africa. Since then, in 11 innings, he has failed to cross fifty and has been dismissed for two ducks, apart from five other single-digit scores.
Talking about his form with the bat, Marsha said: "I'd scored three first-class hundreds in my last six games. I still felt like I was in really good form and feeling very confident heading into last week."
"But ultimately, I still had two chances (in the Shield) before the Test match to put a big score on the board and I didn't do that. The message was clear - I needed more runs," he added....