Townsville Bulletin

Marsh turns up the heat


MITCHELL Marsh is hitting the ball “better than anyone” and looms as the X-factor who could lift Australia to a maiden T20 World Cup title and keep run machine Steve Smith sidelined in Saturday’s tournament opener against South Africa.

Teammates have been in awe of the all-rounder’s power hitting in training, after he grabbed his chance while starring at No.3 on white-ball tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.

The No.3 spot in the T20 team has been Smith’s but the superstar was picked just twice by Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting when the Indian Premier League resumed, having baulked at the white-ball tours in which Marsh (pictured) dominated.

Australian great Shane Warne didn’t pick Smith in his best Australian team for the World Cup, and legendary captain Allan Border has thrown his support behind Marsh.

Glenn Maxwell said Marsh could be in a for a “massive” World Cup. “I think Mitchell Marsh is going to have a massive tournament,” Maxwell said. “I don’t think I’ve seen anyone hit the ball better – ever.”

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