The home of
Ibrahimovic's 150km/h thunderboltIbrahimovic's 150km/h thunderbolt Ibra's incredible overhead for AjaxIbra's incredible overhead for Ajax Ibrahimovic's incredible back-heel goalIbrahimovic's incredible back-heel goal
Most popular articles
$10,000 up for grabsSign-up for NRL, AFL
and Rugby tipping
Wide World of Sports TV partners
Wide World of SportsCatch up with Ken Sutcliffe and the team on Wide World of Sports.AFL Footy ShowAustralia's favourite team takes you through the week in AFL.Footy ClassifiedOur award winning panel tell it how it really is in the AFL world.NRL Footy ShowFatty and the gang bring you an entertaining look at rugby league.
Mitch Marsh backs Shaun to rise again
By Justin Chadwick
17:22 AEST Tue Nov 20 2012

It hasn't been a kind season of cricket for the Marsh brothers.

But while Mitch Marsh's season is over due to a torn hamstring, the star all-rounder is backing his older sibling Shaun to once again sparkle for Western Australia.

Mitch, who tore 90 per cent of his hamstring tendons off the bone during last Saturday's one-day loss to South Australia, is likely to undergo surgery in Melbourne later this week.

The 21-year-old predicts he'll miss around four months of cricket, but has vowed to return to the game bigger and better than ever before.

Shaun Marsh was playing Test cricket 10 months ago.

But such has been his fall from grace, the 29-year-old was relegated to WA's second XI team for their Futures League match against Tasmania in Hobart this week.

Circumstances can change quickly in cricket.

And ironically, Mitch's injury could end up proving to be the catalyst for Shaun to relaunch his career.

Shaun, who made 64 for WA's second XI on Wednesday, is almost certain to replace his younger brother in WA's Sheffield Shield clash with Tasmania, starting Sunday.

The Marsh brothers hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last month following their involvement in the Perth Scorchers' boozy night out in South Africa.

But Mitch said they had moved on from that incident, and were now focused on getting their careers back on track.

"Shaun's probably as hungry as he's ever been," Mitch said on Tuesday.

"Off the field he's probably in the best space that he's ever been in.

"We all know how good a player he can be, and I'm 100 per cent sure that he'll be back in the team and scoring a lot of runs for WA.

"I had a joke with him that maybe he might get a game now that I'm out."

Mitch will get in touch with West Coast Eagles forward Mark Nicoski over the next fortnight to discuss the best way to recover from hamstring surgery.

Nicoski missed West Coast's entire 2012 campaign after tearing his hamstring during the pre-season grand final, and then re-injuring it while running laps at training in July.

Mitch, who was kicked out of Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in July before being involved in the Perth Scorchers' controversy, said he had learned from his recent transgressions.

"It's been a different couple of months for me. Ever since I got back from South Africa I felt like I'd been doing all the right things," Mitch said.

"I took my sanctions on the chin and I've got to learn from that mistake. From this day forward I'll be as positive as I can and do everything I can to get this hamstring right."