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[Watch] Mitchell Marsh ‘Bludgeons’ Faheem Ashraf For Four At His ‘Home’ Perth

image-lq63fqo4Mitchell Marsh raced to a fifty on Day 2 (screengrab)

Mitchell Marsh continued his great resurgent ways as Australia's premier Test allrounder in the modern era with another delightful half-century in the first innings of the opening Test of the summer against Pakistan in Perth.

The Western Australian cricketer, who has revived his career by becoming one of Australia's dependable assets with the bat who can then also double up as a useful fast-bowling resource, plundered the Asian giants for a free-flowing knock and struck a fifty at No.6 after walking in with a solid foundation laid at 304/4.

Having watchfully played out the fag end of Day 1 and finishing 15 not out of 31 deliveries, Marsh came out in his aggressive mode on Friday (December 15) and hammered the Pakistani attack. He reached his half-century in 66 deliveries, scoring the next 48 runs off just 35 balls in the pre-lunch session. 

Marsh Hammers Faheem For Delightful Pull Shot

Recognising Pakistan would be gunning for more breakthroughs after reducing Australia to five down overnight, the experienced cricketer tactically pulled the accelerator and ruffled their lengths up with his amazing stroke-making ability.

March reached his half-century with nine fours, exhibiting his full range of shots to both sides of the wicket. However, it was a pull shot struck off the bowling of Pakistan's fast-bowling allrounder, Faheem Ashraf, which caught the attention of the fans and experts as he brutally dispatched him towards the mid-wicket region.

As Faheem failed to get his attempted short-pitched delivery to rise to the batter, the Aussie right-hander could stand tall on top of the ball and duly hammer it towards the on-side for another cracking boundary in his kitty.

Pakistan had placed a shortish mid-wicket fielder there for a miscued pull shot. However, Marsh was brave enough to continue with his downswing and found the perfect connection to fetch another four, continuing his domination on his home turf as Australia inched closer to the 400 mark for the first essay.