Pune: Mitchell Marsh mentioned he had hoped he had put a “smile on the faces” of his family with a shocking World Cup hundred that adopted the loss of life of his grandfather.
The all-rounder struck a blistering 177 not out, the third highest rating by any Australian at a World Cup, throughout Saturday’s thrashing of Bangladesh in Pune.
That innings got here after the 32-year-old had briefly left the semi-finalists’ squad to return house so he could possibly be with his maternal grandfather Ross within the days earlier than he died.
“I’m sure my nana (grandmother), mum and all the family will be watching at home, so hopefully it’s put a smile on their faces,” mentioned Marsh. “My pop (grandfather) was an important man and an enormous cricket supporter.
“Obviously, it’s been a challenging week for the family. It was nice to be able to perform for them and nice to get the win,” added Marsh, who shares the center identify of Ross with his brother Shaun, additionally an Australia worldwide.
Watching again house in Perth, he was notably taken by his team-mates carrying black armbands throughout Australia’s win over England in Ahmedabad to mark his grandfather’s passing.
“Sitting with my grandma watching the boys wear black armbands (was special), little things that probably a lot of people think that go unnoticed on TV,” he mentioned.
Marsh was additionally grateful for the help proven by Australia coach Andrew ‘Ronnie’ McDonald and captain Pat Cummins in permitting him to depart the squad earlier than returning to India.
“The fact that ‘Ronnie’ and Patty allowed me to go back without questioning anything, putting our family first, it meant a lot to me,” he mentioned.
Marsh added: “I felt actually cared for and to return into the World Cup was a giant name, however now that we’ve certified, it’s all price it.
“My nana was very vocal about me coming straight back and getting stuck in. My pop certainly would have been as well.”
Australia now face South Africa in a Kolkata semi-final on Thursday, with Marsh eager to flip the tables following the five-time champions’ 134-run pool play defeat by the Proteas.
“I can’t wait for the semi-final, it’s going to be a ripper,” he mentioned. “We’re bloody pumped to get to Kolkata.”