Cricket Australia’s chairman of selectors John Inverarity has admitted to concerns over the off-field behaviour of young Western Australia allrounder Mitch Marsh, saying his partying ways cost him a place in the Australia A side.
Inverarity said Marsh was part of an extended squad of 15 about five days but was left out of the Australia A side announced on Friday to play South Africa at the SCG on November 2-4.
Marsh was dropped by Perth Scorchers for a Champions League Twenty20 match in South Africa for having a late-night celebration for his 21st birthday.
“What has happened in South Africa recently didn’t help his cause and it’s up to the WACA to deal with that,” Inverarity said.
“Whatever sanctions they have in mind I don’t know, if any. When that’s finished, he’ll be very much back on the radar.
“He’s a cricketer that Australia need to develop. An allrounder.”
Inverarity said national head coach Mickey Arthur would speak with Marsh in Perth over the weekend.
“Mitch is a lively 21-year-old and a very good cricketer and I feel really confident that he’ll kick on as a young man and as a player,” Inverarity said of Marsh, who has played one one-day international and three Twenty20 Internationals.
“There are concerns there. The concerns are fairly widespread.
“We want cricket to have a healthy culture in all parts of Australia and in Western Australia there needs to be some changes and they need to pull up their socks.”