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Mitch Marsh eyes comeback

By Kim Hagdorn
10 January 2013 09:44AM EST

PRECOCIOUS cricket talent Mitchell Marsh is ahead of schedule in his long battle back from injury and is expected to resume playing at all levels of the game early next month.

Marsh, 21, is considered one of Australian cricket’s most outstanding young prospects for the future and looks set for a return to the domestic first-class scene for as many as four Sheffield Shield matches late this summer.

The hulking all-rounder is recovering from a serious hamstring injury when he ripped the muscle off the bone under his buttocks during a Ryobi Cup domestic one-day match in mid-November.

The injury is similar to hamstring tears suffered by gun West Coast Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr and St Kilda power forward Nick Riewoldt in 2010.

Marsh had his first batting session on Wednesday and will increase his training levels over the next month, according to his state coach and former Test great Justin Langer.

“He’s ahead of schedule actually,” Langer revealed on Fairfax radio 6PR.

“He’s gone about his rehabilitation very professionally.

“He might have had a little bat today (Wednesday).

“That might be a secret, but there’s no more secrets in Western Australian cricket I hope.

“So I think he had a shadow bat and he’s a huge player of interest to our future.”

Langer confirmed Marsh is likely to resume playing in February.

Western Australia resume first-class commitments against New South Wales in Blacktown starting on January 24 and then against Queensland at the Gabba a week later.

“He probably won’t start again until early to mid-Feb, but if that’s the case it will be certainly good to have him back out on the park again,” Langer said.

Despite his youth, Marsh has already played for Australia at senior international Twenty20 level as well as 22 interstate first-class games and 25 one-day matches as probably one of the nation's most exciting all-round talents.

His projected return adds vital depth to Australia's talent pool, especially with a dearth of top quality all-rounders, ahead of this year's highly anticipated Ashes Test series against bitter foe England.

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