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Mitchell Marsh's simple plan: 'I have just practised hitting sixes'

The allrounder picked up his form from the recent Australia tours at the start of the summer

Mitchell Marsh's fine form continued  •  Getty Images

Mitchell Marsh's fine form continued  •  Getty Images

Mitchell Marsh said there's one key factor behind his batting revival as he carried his Australia form into the new domestic season with 111 to help Western Australia trounce the Redbacks by 78 runs in the opening game of the Marsh Cup.
"To be brutally honest, I have just practised hitting sixes," Marsh said. "And that is all I really did before I went away and it seemed to work for me so I will keep doing that."
Marsh's training tactic paid dividends on Australia's T20 tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh in July and August.
The often maligned Marsh, promoted to No. 3 in the batting order, struck four half-centuries, boasted a strike-rate of 124 in 10 innings, and was Australia's best-performed batter on those tours.
But on Thursday, Marsh will return to Perth instead of playing in the WA-SA Sheffield Shield game starting the following day in Adelaide.
And he said he'll continue hitting sixes in a training block ahead of Australia's departure for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates starting October 17.
Marsh is keen on retaining the first-drop slot despite Australia's star batter and usual No. 3 Steven Smith returning for the World Cup.
"I'm hopeful to be up there but we have got so many good players," he said. "Steve Smith has held that role for a fair while now and he's a fair player that guy.
"Whatever role I get, whether it's batting at number three or floating through that middle order ... I am just going to be really clear on my role and do it to the best of my ability and hopefully that helps Australia win games of cricket."