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Mitch Marsh intends to convert the pain he suffered at the hands of his brother yesterday into a furious onslaught at the Titans bowlers in the opening Champions League match on Saturday.

Marsh was felled during the Perth Scorchers' training session at a Johannesburg high school when Shaun Marsh hammered a drive into his back.

The younger Marsh recovered well enough to thump a series of long bombs past the centre block of the school oval and then promised to apply the same six-hitting treatment at Centurion on Saturday.

"We are here to hit sixes," Marsh said as he condensed the booming 20-over format down to its most basic element.

"I'm not sure whether the bowlers like it all that much but this is what the game is about."

The team that hits the most sixes has won 25 of the past 30 Champions League matches and the Scorchers' strength appears to be their potent top order, headed by Shaun Marsh and Herschelle Gibbs.

The Perth batsmen spent most of their session at St David's yesterday working on their long hitting, with Mitch Marsh and veteran Simon Katich appearing to be in the best striking form.

"Hitting sixes is a skill and we have to practise it whenever we can," Marsh said.

"We will do a lot more of that (at Centurion) tomorrow to improve our zone hitting and get a gauge of where to hit."

While the scheduling has been designed to allow the Pretoria-based Titans to open the tournament with a win in front of their home crowd, Marsh said the Scorchers could spoil the party.

"It will be awesome playing in front of their crowd which is normally pretty hostile," he said.

"Let's hope we can spoil the fairytale for them."

Marsh played his only one-day international at Centurion nearly a year ago and had good memories of the match in which he hit an unbeaten eight in five balls and saw Australia win comfortably.

The Scorchers have a full squad to pick from but are weighing up whether they are best served by using both spinners Brad Hogg and Michael Beer or picking three front-line seamers.·Former Zimbabwe batsman and coach Kevin Curran has died whilst jogging, aged 53.

He made his international debut in the 1983 World Cup when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs.

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