Mitchell Marsh had to endure a tough Test outing in the UAE against Pakistan where he returned for just 30 runs in the two matches. @ Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh had to endure a tough Test outing in the UAE against Pakistan where he returned for just 30 runs in the two matches. @ Getty Images

Mitchell Marsh had to endure a tough Test outing in the UAE against Pakistan where he returned for just 30 runs in the two matches. The younger of the Marsh brothers, who scored a promising 96 against South Africa in Durban earlier this year, is the only allrounder in the squad announced by Australia to face India in the four-match Test series against India that begins in Adelaide on Thursday.

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“If you ask me, do I think he’s better than last summer, I do. Have the results shown that yet? No, they haven’t, but I think they will in time. I think he’ll have a very good summer,” Marsh’s mentor, former Western Australia batsman Scott Meuleman, was quoted as saying in Fairfax Media on Tuesday.

Marsh has had to continuously silence the criticism that surrounds his position in the side. However, this time, Meuleman revealed that he has made a few technical adjustments specially after Pakistan identified his weakness in his defence and pacer Mohammad Abbas dismissed him three times in UAE.

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Meuleman said that Marsh had to get his head forward “10 to 15 centimetres” when he played the ball which would get him in a better position to play the delivery in front. He also explained that most batsmen tend to move their heads towards the off, unlike India captain Virat Kohli, who has his head “dead level”.

“If you drop the ball from your eyes or your nose straight down you’re trying to get it to hit the big toe,” Meuleman said.

“If you get into that position his head won’t be over [towards off stump]. We’re trying, when he steps, to get his head into a more positive position, especially for the ones straight. We’ve worked to keep his eyes level.”

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Meuleman also wants Marsh to be brave against India’s spin sensation Ravichandran Ashwin, the second fastest to 200 Test wickets and fastest to 250 and 300 scalps.

“Sometimes you can go into your shell a little bit. It doesn’t mean dancing down the wicket and hitting it out of the ground, it means getting down and hitting the ball into a gap and getting one. It’s about using your feet and being positive,” Meuleman said.

“He’s worked a lot on sweeping, but I’ve hardly seen him play a sweep at all. There’s things he’s worked on a lot which no one has seen yet. I think in time they’ll come out, definitely.

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“The irony of it is, he had done a lot of work to get his spin a bit better and ended up getting out to the pace bowling [in the UAE].”

Meuleman said that despite his struggles, Marsh said he is still in a positive frame of mind. “I think it’s important for me to go back to that,” Marsh said.

“I feel like I was batting really well last summer. I feel like I’m batting really well at the moment.  I’ve still got that great confidence I had last year in myself. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few runs.”