Marsh: Australia performs best under pressure, we will be on our toes against India

Australia captain Mitchell Marsh bats during the men's T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Australia at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on June 22, 2024.

Australia’s captain Mitchell Marsh bats during the men’s T20 World Cup cricket match between Afghanistan and Australia at the Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, June 22, 2024. | Photo credit: AP

Captain Mitchell Marsh believes Australia performs at their best when their backs are against the wall, adding that the former champions will bounce back strongly from their defeat to Afghanistan and give their best against India on Monday.

Australia suffered a 21-run defeat in their Super Eights match against Afghanistan, jeopardising their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.

Marsh and Co. now need to win their final Super Eights game against India and maintain a healthy net run rate to reach the last four.

“It’s a big game, obviously against India, and we have to win it. If you look back at the short history of this team, I know they get the best out of our boys, so the boys will definitely be excited,” Marsh said at the post-match press conference.

“Yeah, I think that’s really clear for us. It’s about trusting ourselves. We have a good group of guys and I think our best guys are some of the best. So we need to execute that in a couple of days and move forward pretty quickly,” he added.

The defeat ended Australia’s eight-match winning streak in T20Is and Marsh described it as a “bad” day.

“First things first: recover. We have a lot of confidence in our group. We are a very good cricket team. Yes, we had a bad night tonight, but I think there is something positive about it that we can get going again in 36 hours.”

It was Afghanistan’s first win against Australia in international cricket. Afghanistan had lost all six previous matches, including four ODIs.

They were close to defeating Australia in last year’s ODI World Cup, but Glenn Maxwell’s spectacular performance spoiled their joy.

“I mean, first things first. I thought Afghanistan were really good, they outplayed us and deserved to win.

“There are many things you can look at but the reality is that the differences here are slim. When the score is low, we have an off-one on the field. But yes, you have to give credit where credit is due and Afghanistan were pretty good.” Marsh acknowledged that Afghanistan have developed into a dangerous side in world cricket. Rashid Khan and his men had earlier defeated Australia’s rivals New Zealand in the group stages.

“They are clearly a good team. And they are not an associate country, they are a very good cricket team that constantly plays against the best and has improved enormously in recent years.

“We know they are a very dangerous team in these conditions. As I said, they outplayed us tonight and that’s to their credit.”

Australia had to drop up to five balls against Afghanistan. The men from Down Under did not look particularly good in the group match against Scotland either.

“I think we don’t want to have too many bad nights on the field, but I also believe that at our best we are an incredible fielding team. So it’s easy to look at tonight and yes, it was disappointing, but ultimately we have 36 hours to turn it around and I still believe our best form on the field is very good.”

“We are definitely proud of our field work. The guys really put in a lot of effort. I think it’s no different with any other skill.

“We put in a lot of work, but we didn’t perform as well as we wanted on the field tonight and that ultimately contributed to us losing the game.”

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