Batting with a clear mind has helped Mitch Marsh unlock the potent form he exhibited under immense pressure in Abu Dhabi, according to David Warner.
Marsh was one of few players to enhance their reputation on Australia’s miserable Twenty20 tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh this year.
The allrounder, a surprising omission from last week’s T20 World Cup pool clash with England, was recalled for Australia’s ensuing win over Bangladesh.
Marsh then underlined his value with a vital knock of 53 against West Indies, helping carry Australia to victory in a 124-run stand with Warner.
Warner, speaking after securing an eight-wicket win in Australia’s final pool game, was thrilled to see the much-maligned allrounder excel in the team’s hour of need.
“He’s obviously come in at a young age early on and a lot of people were knocking him,” Warner said.
“His form is outstanding and he’s hitting the ball as well as anyone on this team.
“It’s fantastic and I’m really pumped for him and it’s great for our team.
“I’m seeing a very clear-mind cricketer. He’s coming out and playing his natural game.
“He’s training the house down … he’s worked really, really hard.”
Marsh has scored 522 T20I runs this calendar year.
The West Australian also played a key role with the ball on Saturday, recording figures of 0-16 from three overs.
Shaun Marsh, speaking before the tournament started, said happiness off the field had helped his younger brother find a new level of consistency.
“He’s found a real balance in life away from cricket,” Shaun said.
“He got engaged recently. He’s in a really happy place away from cricket and I’ve got no doubt that’s helped him be a bit more relaxed and enjoy the game.
“I know how talented he is. It’s nice to see that coming out of him now and I can’t wait to see him bat over there.”