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Quietly spoken former Test vice captain Geoff Marsh says it was tough moment on Wednesday as he presented his son Mitchell with his baggy green cap
on debut in Dubai.

West Australia’s Marsh and NSW spinner Steve O’Keefe have both made their debuts for Australia in Wednesday’s first Test againts Pakistan, who chose to bat first.

It has been a big week for Mitchell Marsh who turned 23 on Monday and has overcome a hamstring concern to prove his fitness in last week’s four day game against Pakistan A.

Geoff Marsh also presented son Shaun with his baggy green cap for his Test debut in Sri Lanka in 2011.

It’s the first father and two sons combination in Australia Test cricket. New Zealand’s Hadlee family and India’s Armanath family have also achieved the feat.

O’Keefe, 29, received his cap in an on field presentation from former Test batsman Dean Jones before play.

"It was quite tough, really," proud
Marsh told reporters.

"It was
a real honour to be asked to do it. It was just pleasing, more pleasing that he’s got the opportunity to play Test cricket."

Marsh says state coach Justin Langer has done a terrific job preparing Mitchell Marsh for the big stage.

"When we’re all 20, we’re a bit, you know, like a 20 year old," Marsh said of his son’s previous dramas with nights out on the town.

"But he’s 23 now, he’s matured. I think that’s a natural path kids go through."

Test skipper Michael Clarke has already described Mitchell Marsh as a future
Test captain.

"It’s nice to hear the Australian captain say
things like that. I said to Mitch you’ve just got
to take every day in Test cricket one day at a time," Geoff Marsh said.

"Test cricket puts out a lot of challenges. You’ve got to meet those challenges and you only do that through good focus and concentration and working hard."Articles Connexes:

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