Mitchell Marsh, Australia’s outstanding all-rounder, won the Allan Border Medal for Men’s Player of the Year at the Cricket Australia awards ceremony on Wednesday. Marsh had a great 2023, which included an amazing Test return and winning the ODI World Cup in India in November.
Marsh returned to Test cricket during the 2023 Ashes at Headingley, scoring an impressive 118 runs. Throughout the ODI World Cup the same year, he scored 441 runs at an outstanding average of 49, with his best innings being an unbeaten 177 against Bangladesh.
Pat Cummins, the captain, who was key in leading the team to victory over India in the World Test Championship and World Cup finals, lost the vote to Marsh. Third and fourth place on the list were taken by Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc, respectively.
It was difficult for Marsh to control his feelings as the Australian all-rounder accepted the trophy and thanked skipper Cummins for giving him the chance to make a comeback.
Marsh said during the event, “I’m a bit fat at times and I love a beer but you see the best in me always and you’ve changed my life. For your support and your leadership, Patty, playing under you is a dream.” He added, “I often spoke to my wife about… that I just wanted to get one more crack at it, and it’s been amazing. She gave me the perspective on life that I needed
"I'm a bit fat at times and I love a beer…"
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On February 2, the Australian squad will play their first of three ODIs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against the West Indies.