Smith praises 'outstanding' Marsh


Australia captain Steve Smith hailed Mitchell Marsh for his bowling performance in the tri-series win over West Indies.

Marsh took crucial wickets and finished with figures of 3-32 in the decider as his team claimed a 58-run win.

The all-rounder removed Darren Bravo (6), Marlon Samuels (6) and Johnson Charles (45) in Barbados on Sunday.

Smith was full of praise for the 24-year-old, saying: "With the ball we were able to hit good areas consistently. I thought Mitchell Marsh was outstanding.

"His first spell, I think he bowled six overs for seven runs and had three wickets or something like that.

"He was outstanding this evening."

Josh Hazlewood finished with a five-for as Australia comfortably defended 270 at Kensington Oval.

Hazlewood was named the player of the series after taking 11 wickets at an average of 20.09.

"I think Josh is getting better and better every day," Smith said.

"He's getting a lot more comfortable in his body, I think he's been on the park for a significant amount of time now and he's very comfortable in that regard. That's a start.

"His skill set is outstanding, he hits terrific lengths, hits the seam and he's getting better and better every day so I'm really pleased for him to win the man of the series in this particular series."