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Meninga backs Munster to reclaim Test spot

coach Mal Meninga has backed Cameron Munster to return to the Kangaroos’ set-up this year.Months after sending Cameron Munster home from Kangaroos camp, Mal Meninga has backed the Melbourne playmaker to reclaim his Test jersey in a standout 2018 NRL season.
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Munster was on thin ice with Meninga after it was claimed the Storm star was banished from ‘s 2017 World Cup campaign last November for coming to blows with teammate Ben Hunt.

Munster, 23, was eventually welcomed back to the Kangaroos camp a game later before ‘s semi-final clash.

The Storm were forced to deny pre-season reports that they had become frustrated with the young gun’s off-field behaviour and were considering releasing him.

All now seems to be forgiven for Munster with Meninga backing him to step up for Melbourne in the absence of Sydney Roosters recruit Cooper Cronk this year.

He has been named at fullback, replacing veteran Billy Slater (shoulder) for Saturday night’s NRL season-opener against Canterbury in Perth.

“I think he will go to another level after playing Origin last year and being picked in the Kangaroos,” Meninga told Fox League’s Queenslanders Only.

“A few things happened in the off-season for him but he’s at Melbourne … I think that is the best environment for him.

“With Cooper Cronk not being there I think he has to step up and I think that he can.

“I think he will have enormous impact on the Storm’s success.

“I think he will get back into Origin and maybe the Kangaroos at the back end of the year.”

Munster is about to begin his fifth NRL season after a 2017 campaign that featured a premiership plus State of Origin and Test debuts before losing his way at the World Cup.

Storm skipper Cameron Smith admitted before the 2018 kick-off that Munster must address his off-field behaviour if he wanted to become a “special player”.

Munster was also among eight players who were hit with a 12-month Origin ban by coach Kevin Walters for breaking curfew at the 2016 Emerging Maroons camp.

PNG hit by huge aftershocks after quake

Landslips and poor roads are hampering aid as aftershocks continue to rattle PNG’s Tabubil township.Aid workers are struggling to reach remote areas of Papua New Guinea’s rugged highlands as aftershocks rattle the region, more than a week after a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed dozens of people.
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Two aftershocks above magnitude 5 and one of magnitude 6.7 hit the mountainous Southern Highlands, about 600km northwest of the capital Port Moresby, with the constant shaking driving people from their homes to makeshift shelters for fear of landslides.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the magnitude 6.7 tremor, which struck shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning local time.

Local media outlets on Tuesday reported the death toll had grown to 75, after government officials said previously that 55 people had been killed.

James Komengi, a United Church project officer, speaking from Tari, the capital of quake-affected Hela province, said his church’s assessment and response centre had counted up to 67 deaths in that province alone.

Concerns were also growing about access to safe drinking water after the shaking destroyed many water tanks, while land slips had poured mud into natural water sources.

Local hospitals had seen a number of people with stomach conditions, but it was not yet confirmed whether these were due to contaminated water, he added.

Aid agencies were struggling to get aid by helicopter to all of the nearly 150,000 people who remained in urgent need of emergency supplies.

“The logistics are still a massive problem,” said Anna Bryan, an aid worker for CARE based in the capital Port Moresby.

, New Zealand and the Red Cross have all pledged aid, although reaching the remote area has proved difficult as forbidding terrain and bad weather, as well as damaged roads and runways, have delayed aid efforts.

“Right now the main challenge in the affected areas is accessibility by roads. There are big cracks along the roads and even roads completely cut off. So that’s making it quite difficult to get water, food and medicine to the remote areas,” said Milton Kwaipo, Caritas ‘s disaster response and management officer in Papua New Guinea.

The quake has also been felt on global gas markets, with ExxonMobil Corp declaring force majeure on exports from PNG, according to an industry source, pushing up Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices.

The company declined to comment on the force majeure, but said it would take about eight weeks to restore production.

Letters to the editor March 8 2018

HURT: Internationally recognised bowhunter Adam Greentree, of Merewether. Reader Graeme Macy argues there is no sport in killing and unnecessarily injuring wild animals.
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ADAM Greentree (“Primal instinct”, Weekender 3/3) says he travels to all parts of , and the planet, to kill mostly innocent, defenceless animals. He is not killing in self defence, or because he is starving, but for what some would call “sport’, the thrill of killing the quarry.

Then he returns home, and in the best tradition of trophy hunters, displays his prowess by posting his “stories and adventures” on the modern equivalent of the wall, social media. This seemingly narcissistic exhilaration that impels the compulsive hunter nowdays was not what drove the Paleolithichunter.

In my eyes Greenstreet is likely hunting for status.It’s like driving a luxury car, though in this case, the lives of animals are taken in the process.

Hunting with a bow and arrow is gratuitous violence that could be called murder, bloody murder. Greenstreet sayshe feels remorse every time he takes an animal’s life,but he continues to kill.If he, as he claims as a hunter, appreciates animals so much more than non-hunters or even anti-hunters, why does he not recognise animals as sentient beings with rich and deep cognitive and emotional lives and capacities?

Greenstreet must be aware that even bow hunting by a competent marksman like himself does not result in a rapid and humane death. An animal fatally shot with an arrow can take minutes to die, suffering severe pain from trauma to tissue and organs.There is also a high risk of a non-fatal injury, with animals escaping to die a slow, painful death. Bow hunters need to get very close (no more than 20 metres). Research indicates that from 12 per cent to 48 per cent of wounded deer may escape. Animals shot in the lungs with an arrow drown in their own blood.

Animals can remainconscious while dying from massive blood loss. Wounded animals not retrieved and killed can suffer disabling injury, pain and wound infection.

Bow hunters admit to never recovering some 13 percent of animals shot with an arrow from the wild.

Adam Greenstreet may consider bow hunting to be an ‘art’ or challenge that requires skill and patience, but I don’t think there can be justification for such killing when more humane methods are available.Compound bows are as lethal as any gun, and should be banned. I believe the bow huntinghighlighted is an appallingly abhorrent, cruel and sadistic activity.

Graeme Macey,Smiths LakePARKING PAIN BRANCHES OUTTHERE are currently numerous developments in Throsby Street at Wickham where, once they are all completed, they will greatly effect parking.

Much has been written about the parking around Honeysuckle with parking being taken away, and much the same is happening around Wickham.

The marina car park is now restricted parking, alongsidemuch of the local streets.I’m flabbergasted to see someone has given approval for trees to be planted on the roadin Throsby Street, which is a very narrow street, outside the new apartments, thus taking away more precious parking.

Can someone please enlighten us as to whom gave this approval and why? Please help us locals understand.

Gail Stapleton,WickhamBRAD Hill (Short Takes, 6/3) perpetuates the myth that the major SA blackout was the fault of renewables. The final report by the n Energy Market Operator found that the problem was due to two tornadoes which managed to topplethree 50-metre transmission towers.

It’s not just “greenies” that are taking advantage of the efficiency and low cost of renewable energy. Yesterday another media publication reported that the huge Stockland company will be investing over $23 million in solar roof top panels because, “investing in technology like solar energy is not only environmentally sustainable, it also makes good business sense”.

In support of that, the NSW Energy minister stated that solar power had helped NSW get through our recent summer without many disruptions. “Penrith was the hottest place on the planet on Sunday, January 7, and on that day at midday, rooftop solar systems across NSW generated around 1000 megawattsof electricity” he said.

Businesses are more powerful than “greenies and do-gooders” at driving the progression of renewable energy, Brad.

John Arnold,SingletonBURNING THROUGH COALWHEN I did door-knocking recently in Muswellbrook about the future of the coal industry, quite a few people still believed the fairytale that the mining-boom created jobs,even as their shops are closing down and the houses around them are being vacated.

Congratulations to the mining industry for spinning such an illusion. But the same people, when asked, also said there needed to be a plan for a post-mining economy. Well, it appears to me that the fossil fuel industry is determined to do whatever it can to avoid that.

I was on the Lock the Gate tour, where we were followed by several police cars everywhere we went. It certainly looks like the fossil fuel industry is prepared to subvert even the police in desperation.

But, we can faintly hear the sound of the post-mining boom. As the world increasingly spurns fossil fuels in favour of renewables,it also heralds a time when the impunity of the fossil fuel industry is over.

A day when we no longer pay our taxes so mining companies can have police cars follow us.It would be nice to see the fossil fuel industry off with a boom.

Niko Leka,MayfieldBOXING BLOWA REAL PAINYOUReditorial (“Trump’s tariff threat could hurt the Hunter”, Opinion 6/3) ignores thethreat from our own state government. There is no container terminal atNewcastle port because the state charges an extortionate fee for containershipments for the purpose of making a terminal financially unviable. It paysthis fee to the lessee of Port Botany’s container port, NSW Ports. 90per cent of world trade in non-bulk commodities, is conducted usingcontainers. No container port means no access to world trade. That’s caused economic damage in the Hunter and northern NSW for 20 years.

Greg Cameron,WamboinMOST LIKELY TO LEAD PACKIS there any truth to the rumour that the Roosters have signed Winx before the June 30deadline ?

Eddie Niszczot,ThorntonREAD MORE:Today’s short takes

Shorten’s Adani stance ‘chilling’: PM

Malcolm Turnbull says Bill Shorten is being “two-faced” over the proposed Adani coal mine.Bill Shorten’s opposition to the Adani coal mine will have a “chilling effect” on jobs and investment in , the prime minister says.
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Mr Turnbull said the Labor leader’s “two-faced” position on the $16.5 billion mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin represents “a genuine sovereign risk” and is undermining business confidence.

“What Bill Shorten is doing is not just threatening that project, he’s threatening every other project and he’s threatening future projects,” Mr Turnbull told a business forum in Sydney.

“It will have a shocking, chilling effect on jobs and investment in .”

The Labor leader’s deputy, Tanya Plibersek, countered Mr Turnbull’s comments, saying she doesn’t know how he could possibly come to that conclusion since her party has always said the project had to stack up on its own merits.

“The more we see of this project, the less it seems to stack up economically or environmentally,” Ms Plibersek told the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Mr Shorten this week said that while he doesn’t support the mine, and doesn’t believe it stacks up financially or environmentally, a Labor government wouldn’t tear up Adani’s existing approvals.

His comments come despite the Federal Court of last year dismissing two appeals – by the n Conservation Foundation and traditional land owner Adrian Burragubba – to stop the Adani project on environmental grounds.

The government has also accused Labor of saying one thing in the inner Melbourne seat of Batman where it faces a tight by-election against the Greens and something entirely different in Queensland.

Ms Plibersek denied this, saying the party did not make decisions based on how it would play in one seat or another.

“We are a mainstream party of government. And that means dealing with complexity. It means acknowledging the Queenslanders’ strong desire for jobs … and acknowledging that we have environmental responsibilities as a nation as well,” she said.

Queensland’s Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk restated her support for the mine in parliament on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, ALP member and Whitsunday councillor Mike Brunker, who unsuccessfully ran for the party at the last state poll, has savaged Mr Shorten’s “flip-flopping” on the mine which he says could cost the party three Queensland seats.

“What sticks in my guts is that it was to win one seat (Batman),” he told AAP.

“I’d be bitterly disappointed if I was in the seats of Townsville, Dawson and Rockhampton (Capricornia). Win one seat, lose three. Is that good?”

He says Mr Shorten is driving voters into the arms of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and does not seem to grasp how desperately north Queenslanders want Adani’s jobs.

Labor’s candidate in Batman Ged Kearney used a town hall meeting to outline other options the party might pursue if it won government.

The former ACTU leader has told voters if new environmental evidence emerges, a Shorten government could review Adani’s approvals, as allowed under federal environmental laws.

Arctic finishes warmest winter on record

Scientist say climate change is to blame for the Arctic’s warmest winter on record.Winter at the top of the world wimped out this year.
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The Arctic just finished its warmest winter on record. And sea ice hit record lows for this time of year, with plenty of open water where ocean water normally freezes into thick sheets of ice, new US weather data shows.

Scientists say what’s happening is unprecedented, part of a global warming-driven cycle that likely plays a role in strong, icy storms in Europe and the US northeast.

“It’s just crazy, crazy stuff,” said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, who has been studying the Arctic since 1982. “These heat waves, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

It’s been so unusually warm that the land weather station closest to the North Pole – at the tip of Greenland – spent more than 60 hours above freezing in February.

Before this year, scientists had seen the temperature there rise above freezing in February only twice before, and only ever so briefly.

Last month’s record-hot temperatures at Cape Morris Jesup have been more like those in May, said Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute.

But it’s more than that one place. Across the Arctic Circle in Barrow, Alaska, February was 10C warmer than normal and the entire winter averaged 7.8C above normal.

Of nearly three dozen different Arctic weather stations, 15 of them were at least 5.6C above normal for the winter, according to data from climatologist Brian Brettschneider of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Meteorologists consider December, January and February to be winter, and Arctic weather stations averaged 4.9C warmer than normal for the season that just ended.

“The extended warmth really has kind of staggered all of us,” Mottram said.

In February, Arctic sea ice covered 5.4 million square miles 13.9 million square kilometeres ,about 160,000 square kilometres smaller than last year’s record low, the ice data centre said Tuesday.

Sea ice is frozen ocean water that – in contrast to icebergs and glaciers – forms, grows and melts on the ocean. It is still growing, but “whatever we grow now is going to be thin stuff” that easily melts in the summer, Serreze said.

While some natural weather fronts were involved, climate change is the overriding thing, the scientists said.

In the winter, sea ice “acts as a lid to keep the warmth of the water at bay” but when there is less sea ice, more heat goes into the air, Brettschneider said.

“You end up with a vicious cycle of warm air preventing sea ice formation and lack of sea ice allowing warmth to escape into the air.”

Disney has been making magical memories for 100 years – and counting

A MUST SEE: Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic is at Newcastle Entertainment Centre from July 13 to 15. Tickets are on sale now.The timeless charm of Disney’s beloved characters and storylines continue to bring smiles tofaces of all ages.
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For children, the colour, music, humour and overall spectacle of a Disney production –be it a movie, a cartoon or a live show –is mesmerising. For the more mature audiences, Disney characters can evoke long-forgotten but fond childhood memories. That is certainly the case for Disney On Ice ambassador Shelley Craft who started her television career on Saturday Disney and is best known for her presenting roles on ’s Funniest Home Video Show and The Block.

“Cartoons bring back memories –youcan almost transport yourselfback in time to your living room,” she tells Weekender.

“I remember I had a mustard yellow, vinyl ottoman and I’d sit right in the front of the television. I can almost picture the pyjamas I was wearing and the smell of freshly-made toast.Memories are incredible and it only takes the smallest trigger to take you back.

“I also remember going to see Fantasia at theEl Dorado Theatre in Indooroopilly nearBrisbane. My sister and I had a box of Jaffas and Maltesers and we rolled them down the aisle.”

This year’s Disney On Ice production celebrates 100 years of magical Disney moments. Fourteen of the best will be showcased at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in July, includingSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Aladdinand Frozen.

Mickey Mouse will lead a who’s who of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney princesses.

“I know every one of these stories. I have such fond memories from my own childhood, as well as my time working onSaturday Disney.Now a mum of two young girls who love these stories and characters, I’m thrilled to be partnering withDisney On Icefor a second year – and so is my family,” Craft says, laughing.

“Disney On Icehas become a tradition for us. Each year we create new memories, which I value dearly. Everything is so throwaway these days, and kids get so much stuff, that all you have are your memories.”

Last year Disney On Icesurveyed n families about their childhood memories. More than 8000 participated and revealed their most treasured childhood memory was a “specific family activity”(55 per cent), followed by a “specific holiday overseas with the family” (14 per cent), a “specific family celebration” (12 per cent), a “major life event” (6 per cent) and “receiving a specific toy/game” (5 per cent).

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic is at Newcastle Entertainment Centre from July 13 to 15. Tickets are on sale now at the venue or through Ticketek.Audiences are encouraged to arrive at the show on time to helpZootopia’sJudy Hopps and Nick Wildeinvestigate an off-icecaper to ensureDisneyOnIcestarts without a hitch.

Bennett would welcome back Carney to NRL

Todd Carney insists he is a changed man and wants to prove it with a return to the NRL.Master coach Wayne Bennett says being deregistered is “not a life sentence” and he would welcome Todd Carney back to the NRL if the playmaker was given yet another chance.
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Carney’s fate rests with the NRL integrity unit after North Queensland confirmed they were interested in signing the controversial half for 2018.

Carney, 31, has been sacked by Canberra, Sydney Roosters and Cronulla in an 11-season NRL career that was halted in 2014 by his deregistration over the “bubbler” incident.

The Cowboys made the Carney request after Brisbane copped criticism for signing Matt Lodge after he was deregistered and escaped a jail term over a 2015 New York drunken rampage.

Brisbane coach Bennett had no problem with Carney returning.

“If the game thinks Todd is ready to come back then I am happy for Todd to come back,” Bennett said.

“These aren’t life sentences.

“These guys get wiped out for a period of time and they get the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves and come back.

“If he has done all that and has fulfilled the criteria the game wants I am happy for him to play.

“He is a wonderful player and we would all love to see him play football.”

Carney’s former mentor at Cronulla, Shane Flanagan opted not to go into the situation when quizzed on the matter on Wednesday.

Flanagan was not at the club in 2014 when Carney’s bubbler incident occurred, but made the call to bring him to the Sharks two seasons earlier.

“I don’t want to get into those. I’m sure the NRL will make the right decision,” Flanagan said.

“Whether his time is right to come back I’m not too sure but my job is to coach the Cronulla Sharks and that’s all I’m going to focus on.”

The Cowboys’ interest in the 31-year-old is peculiar, given they already have Te Maire Martin as a back-up half after he helped the club to last year’s grand final.

Young halfback Jake Clifford also won last year’s player of the year for the under-20s competition, while Kyle Laybutt is considered another rising star.

Regardless, Cowboys coach Paul Green announced his interest earlier in the week after having previously refused a request from the halfback at the end of last year.

“He’s a talented player, that’s never been an issue,” he said of Carney on Tuesday., who plays for Cowboys feeder club Northern Pride.

“Todd Carney in a squad where his head is right and committed to what the club are all about would bring plenty to any squad.

“Some people may say it is not his second chance but I think he has realised what he has lost in the last few years (being out of NRL).”

No bath in the bathroom?

Soak: Highgrove Bathrooms’ Lusini Stone Bath has a very thin edge (15mm) but offers up to 50 per cent longer heat retention than typical acrylic and steel baths.What’s a bath worth?
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That is a quandry at my house. I plan to upgrade the teenagers’ bathroom and they are adamant that theshower-over-bath has to go, and a ‘proper’ walk-in shower installed in its place.

But that will leave the house without a bath. Will it impact the value?

According tobuild老域名购买.au, if you have a large home with three or more bedrooms, install a bath. However they also say that adding a bath to a small bathroom will mean space and functionality are sacrificed and it may lower the value.

Thatvalue depends on the market for your house. If a family, especially with young children, is likely to be interested, then a bath is pretty much a necessity. However for young couples or mature buyers, you could get away with not having a bath. Its absencemay even be a bonus for someone with mobility issues.

In an interview with stuff苏州夜场招聘.nz,interior designer Nicola Manning advised against trying to compromisewith a showerover a bath. “If you’re having a shower you have to step over the bath – this can be dangerous, especially for elderly. You’ll have to use either a shower curtain or a glass screen which can often leak. And there’s limited choice available for shower bath options in shape and quality – most are acrylic,” she said.

Wesley Sinclair from Highgrove Bathrooms believes you should definitely have a bath if you can fit it in.

“Not only to relax and unwind at the end of a long week but aesthetically the right bath can do wonders for even the blandest of bathroom spaces. If not just for the resale value alone, including a bath in your plans is a great idea,” he said.

“Having a bathtub is also especially useful when you have young children in the family – it becomes much easier to get them cleaned up and there’s no doubt that all kids love to have a splash around.”

Mr Sinclair said to create a bathroom space that is still luxurious, walk-in showers with a frameless glass panel shower screen and large rainfall showerheads are currently a very popular choice.

However you could also investigate using a smaller bathtub.

“There are also many stylish ways of increasing much valued open space in the bathroom without having to sacrifice the bathtub – with frameless showers and wall hung mirror cabinets/vanities, in-wall toilet cisterns, space has never been as optimised as it is, now so do your research and look at how you can make a small bathroom into an oasis,” Mr Sinclair said.

In the meantime, I’ve come up with a solution: a free-standing bath to the corner of my bedroom. I can’t face twinter without a bath, and this solution should keep everyone happy.

Mobility: Walk-in showers work well for older people or those who might find it difficult to get in and out of a shower over a bath.

Short Takes for Thursday March 8 2018

MICHAELIA Cash probably went a bit too far with her response to Senator Cameron’s questions during a recent Senate enquiry. However, Doug Cameron is the Labor Party’s attack dog and he has never been known for his politeness. He maynot bethe most objectionable senator in history either, but I reckon he would make my top ten. He really only got a bit of his own back.
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David Stuart,MerewetherANDREW Whitbread-Brown (Short Takes 6/3): these mobile phone zombies wouldn’t know if they were on fire. We had a young bloke at work almost cut his finger off whilst trying to attend to the ringing phone in his pocket. He forgot he had a knife in his hand and, in the panic to answer the phone, he cut himself.

Steve Barnett,Fingal BayWOULD I be alone thinking this a propitious time to re-introduce water restrictions to this country? Cape Town is a warning to us. The number of people all over with fixed hoses watering their lawns is disconcerting.

Ron Elphick, Buff PointSTEVE Phillips (“Hunter needs to plan for a life after coal”, Opinion 6/3):fortunately the coal industry and mining in general will be around for hundreds of years, quite possibly thousands depending on whether mankind still exists. The biggest change to society will not have anything to do with the mining industry – it will be technology. The job losses due to technology will be catastrophic it’s already happening, you see it every day in the banking industry, the super markets, the online shopping fanatics the list is endless. Technology is killing the workforce off at an alarming rate so you are correct we have locked the gate on future job growth all in the name of technology.

Brad Hill,SingletonYOU don’t see John Hudson (Short Takes 6/3) complaining about the RAAF flying over the Jets home game, but it seems like if it has anything to do with Supercars he is whinging. I’m counting down the days until the Supercars return to Newcastle.

Helen Allen,MinmiIT amazes me to see the number of people standing outside buildings, drawing on their cigarettes as if it was their last breath, then throwing filthy butts on the ground or in gardens.Who do they think will pick them up? It would be interesting to see how they treat their own homes. Even more disrespectful are the number of butts floating in the children’s section of the baths at Merewether. Most people do the right thing, except for a few morons.

John Lehman,MerewetherI PLAYED a lot of cricket over a lot of years, but I never held any serious hopes of making it to the topeven locally. But in all my years, insulting an opposing player or causing him personal distress through cheap jibes never entered the arena.Now it seems some top players see personal sledging as an integral part of their repertoire. What happened to the game? Whatever it is, hasn’t somebody with the power got the guts to stamp it out? Perhaps worst of all, will our delightful women players too go down that pathwhen the money comes along? So sad.

Donald Matthews, Fennell BayREAD MORE:Today’s letters

Relaxed Marsh turns scorn into scores

Mitch Marsh feels he belongs at Test level after shining with the bat in Durban, his coach says.Whether it be a new morning ritual or newfound sense of belief, something is clearly working wonders for reformed allrounder Mitch Marsh.
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One year ago, Marsh was the undisputed whipping boy of n cricket.

The West n returned home early from a tour of India to undergo shoulder surgery, only to be met with immense scorn on social media and headlines declaring him the worst No.6 in Test history.

Marsh worked hard on his batting after the surgery, developing more patience at the crease.

It was reflected in the hard-fought knock of 96 that put on track for a 1-0 series lead over South Africa.

Marsh also delivered a clutch wicket in Durban, dismissing Aiden Markram for 143 on day four.

“He’s been fantastic. I’m very pleased for him because he’s worked really hard,” coach Darren Lehmann said.

“We saw a lot in his ability early on to give him a really good run at it.

“He (now) believes he belongs. That’s the biggest thing in Test match cricket, to believe you belong at the level and I thought he played beautifully.

“He looks more relaxed at the crease as a batsman.”

Marsh was appointed Western ‘s captain last year, approximately the same time he adopted a routine that has resulted in some niggle from Test teammates.

The 26-year-old rises early for a daily swim at the beach, a habit he continued in Durban during the first Test.

“I started about six months ago, just getting up early and getting stuck into life really,” Marsh said during the series-opener.

“In Perth I chat to all the old fellas and talk cricket and a bit of smack, it’s great.

“It was obviously an important innings (at Kingsmead) … and I was really proud of the way I was able to bat with the tail.”

Former opener Simon Katich suggested Marsh could be Steve Smith’s successor as skipper.

“The way he’s playing at the moment, if he keeps going at this rate and improving the way he has with the bat and contributing with the ball then down the track potentially he’s the man,” Katich said.