Melbourne: Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has tendered an apology after breaking his hand while punching the dressing room wall in frustration following his dismissal in the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Tasmania.
Marsh’s outburst came on Sunday following his dismissal for 53 in the opening over of the final day of the match against Tasmania when he drove a return catch to Jackson Bird.
Scans have confirmed that Marsh has broken his right hand and will miss cricket for four to six weeks, meaning he will also miss the start of the Test summer, and there’s no guarantee he will win back his spot when he recovers.
“It certainly will be an isolated incident, that’s for sure, and it won’t be happening again,” Marsh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“It’s a good lesson for me, hopefully it’s a good lesson for other people as well.
“At the end of the day it’s a game of cricket. Sometimes you get beaten, sometimes you get out, and you can’t be punching walls,” he added.
The 27-year-old, who was wearing a glove when he punched the wall, apologised to his Western Australia teammates after the incident.
“It’s pretty uncharacteristic of me to want to punch a wall. I’m a pretty easygoing sort of bloke,” Marsh said.
“I’m just disappointed really – gutted.
“Just the feeling of letting your teammates down and not being able to be a part of the journey for the next four to six weeks, that was the point I wanted to stress to the lads, that I was really sorry and it’s not an example I wanted to be setting.
“They got around me. They still love me, so it’s all good,” he added.
Marsh was given a public dressing down by Western Australia coach Adam Voges on Monday.