Australian teenager Mitchell Marsh has been dubbed as the next Jacques Kallis of cricket by former South Africa coach and now in-charge of Western Australia, Mickey Arthur.
Marsh emerged as a key player with the bat for the struggling Western Australia last season and also showed a glimpse of his bowling prowess, taking 4-6 with his medium pacer in a Twenty20 win over New South Wales.
Arthur is confident 18-year-old Marsh has the ability to emulate the feats of South African all-rounder Kallis, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“I haven’t seen him (Marsh) perform live but I’ve watched him closely on TV. I watched a lot of his games in the IPL. He looks a fantastic talent and I don’t want to get ahead of myself when I say it but I can only think of Jacques Kallis,” Arthur said.
“I often sat there and thought about Jacques Kallis and who in the world could ever replace him and there’s nobody. There’s nobody who can bat in your top five and be your fourth seamer in world cricket and only Mitchell Marsh has that ability and potential.
“If he can be three quarters of the player Jacques Kallis is he’s got a huge future ahead of him,” Arthur said.
Arthur took over the reins of WA after Tom Moody stepped down.
Western Australia has not won a Shield title since 1998-99 while their last one-day title came back in 2003-04.
Arthur, who guided South Africa to the No.1 ranking in both Test and one-day cricket during his four-year stint as coach, said WA would aim to win some form of silverware next season. (ANI)