A pound: Mitchell Marsh said he hoped he had put a “smile on the faces” of his family with a stunning World Cup hundred following the death of his grandfather.
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The all-rounder hit a blistering 177 not out, the third-highest score by any Australian at the World Cup, during Saturday’s thrashing of Bangladesh in Pune.
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The move came after the 32-year-old briefly left the semi-finalists’ squad to return home so he could be with his maternal grandfather Ross in the days before he died.
“I’m sure my nana (grandmother), mom and the whole family will be watching at home, so I hope they’ve got a smile on their face,” Marsh said. “My grandfather was a great man and a huge supporter of cricket.
“Obviously it’s been a challenging week for the family. It was nice to be able to perform for them and it was nice to win,” said Marsh, who shares the middle name Ross with his brother Shaun, also an Australian international.
Watching back home in Perth, he was particularly impressed by his teammates wearing black armbands during Australia’s win over England in Ahmedabad to mark the death of his grandfather.
“Sitting with my grandmother watching the boys wear black armbands (it was something special), little things that a lot of people think go unnoticed on TV,” he said.
Marsh was also grateful for the support shown by Australian coach Andrew ‘Ronnie’ McDonald and captain Pat Cummins for allowing him to leave the squad before returning to India.
“Since ‘Ronnie’ and Patty gave me permission to go back without asking any questions, which our family asked at first, it meant a lot to me,” he said.
Marsh added: “I felt very well taken care of and it was a big call to get back into the World Cup, but now that we’ve qualified, it’s been worth it.
“My nana was very vocal about me coming straight back and getting stuck in. My pop music would definitely be as well.”
Australia will now face South Africa in Thursday’s Kolkata semi-final, with Marsh keen to turn the tables after the five-time champions were hammered by the Proteas by 134-run pool play.
“I can’t wait for the semi-final, it’s going to be a ripper,” he said. “We are fired up forever to go to Kolkata.”
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