Marsh proves his haters wrong

Australia 173 for 2 (Marsh 77*, Warner 53) beat New Zealand 172 for 4 (Williamson 85, Hazlewood 3-16) by eight wickets

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

Marsh's match-winning hand in the final epitomised the tangled process behind Australia's success:

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

a fortnight ago, he was running the drinks but four games of backing talent, power and aggression to the hilt have seen them lift the trophy.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

In the semi-final, Marsh was thrown into the heat of the battle in Shaheen Shah Afridi's first over, trapped on the pad first ball only for the umpire's call to save him.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

After a nervy start, he drove Afridi through extra cover for four, then struck Haris Rauf for six and four in consecutive balls to keep Australia up with the rate.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

Marsh has never lacked for critics, derided by many as a player whose opportunities have owed as much to his father and his promise as any track record of performance.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

"Most of Australia hate me," he laughed two years ago after taking his first Test five-for.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

"There's no doubt that I've had a lot of opportunity and haven't quite nailed it, but hopefully they can respect me for the fact I keep coming back… hopefully I'll win them over one day."

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

"He's the nicest person you'll ever meet in your life," Finch said. "He's obviously a special player.

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Marsh proves his haters wrong

When Australia wakes up on Monday morning, they will have an unlikely new hero.

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