The reluctant skipper: Marsh explains captaincy backflip as full-time appointment looms

The reluctant skipper: Marsh explains captaincy backflip as full-time appointment looms

Mitch Marsh has declared he is ready and willing to be Australia’s long-term white-ball captain, as the allrounder prepares to lead an international tour for the first time.

In next Wednesday’s opening match in the South African city of Durban, Marsh will become Australia’s 12th men’s Twenty20 skipper, as officials ponder who will replace previous captain Aaron Finch on a full-time basis.

Marsh will also lead the one-day international (ODI) side against South Africa, with Pat Cummins no certainty to return from a wrist injury for the start of the five-match series.

Cummins will lead Australia to the ODI World Cup in India in October and November, but has not committed to retaining the captaincy beyond that.

If selectors opt to merge the roles and have one man in charge of both white-ball sides, as Finch was before his retirement, Marsh is now the clear favourite.

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