Star Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh finally got rewarded for his brilliant performances throughout the entire calendar year of 2023. The all-rounder also played a crucial role in Australia’s ODI World Cup-winning campaign last year in India. He also opened the innings on a couple of occasions with David Warner in the absence of Travis Head.
In the annual Australian Cricket Awards, Marsh was awarded the Allan Border Medal for his brilliant contributions to the national side across all the formats last year. The two other names in contention, alongside Mitchell Marsh, were the skipper Pat Cummins and the former skipper Steve Smith.
Speaking of his performances last year, Marsh played 28 international matches across all the formats; in the 33 innings of these matches, he batted brilliantly and scored 1584 runs with an outstanding batting average of 58.66, hitting 3 centuries and 11 half-centuries.
The 32-year-old was also in action for Australia in the recently concluded two-match Test Series against West Indies, which ended up on an equal note with a scoreline of 1-1.
“I hadn’t really thought about it” – Mitchell Marsh on winning Allan Border Medal
Furthermore, Marsh also spoke his heart out after his name was announced as the Allan Border Medalist for 2023 over the skipper Pat Cummins and former skipper Steve Smith.
“I hadn’t really thought about it until a few of the boys started getting stuck into me that they thought I was going to win it, then I started thinking maybe I’m a chance,” he said while accepting the award.
“I had four beers at lunch, so I had to stop there. Now I’m sort of hoping that me winning this isn’t like COVID, and we’ll look back in three years and go that was a weird time. One of my friends sent me today the list (of previous winners), and I just thought if I win, it’s going to look weird. To think that I’ve joined some of the legends of our sport, it is a huge honour. I can’t believe it,” he added later.