Mitchell Marsh will not get ‘preference’ in Ashes series despite his impressive performance in T20 World Cup

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Australia’s chief selector George Bailey has said that Mitchell Marsh’s scintillating innings in the final of the T20 World Cup “will not get much attention” when the squad for the Ashes series is picked as the two are completely different formats. Marsh’s 77 off 50 balls helped Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on Sunday to lift the T20 World Cup title for the first time.

Marsh scored 185 runs in six T20 World Cup matches at an average of around 62, after which former Australian legends such as Ian Healy backed his selection in the squad for the upcoming challenge against traditional rivals England.

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Bailey, however, refused to commit when asked about the 31-year-old’s selection as the man of the match in the final.

Bailey told ‘Nen Dwayne World’ on Monday, “To be honest, that performance won’t get much attention. They (T20 and Test) are very different from each other. Sometimes internally we jokingly say that it seems both are different games.

He said, “There is no similarity between the two but you want to see the players doing well at the international level because it gives them confidence.”

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“I think it is not necessary that one’s momentum in one format continues in the other and I also don’t think winning the T20 World Cup will benefit you in the Ashes,” Bailey said.

Marsh has played 32 Tests but failed to cement his place in the team. His average with the bat in this format is 25 and the bowling average is around 39.

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