Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has bagged the Allen Border Medal, the top honor in Australian Cricket, for his performance across formats in 2023. He was part of the ODI World Cup 2023 winning team, In 2021, Marsh was also part of the T20 World Cup winning, Australia's maiden T20 WC win. Apart from this, the two-time World Cup winner played an important part in Test wins last year.
An emotional Marsh broke into tears when he spoke after receiving the honor. He thanked the head coach Andrew McDonald and captain Pat Cummins for keep believing in him. "I really 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, and then I started thinking maybe I’m a chance. I had four beers at lunch so had better stop there," Marsh said.
"To Ronny (McDonald) and Patty (Cummins), you believed in me and I can’t thank you enough. I’m a bit fat at times and I love a beer but you see the best in me always. You’ve changed my life," Marsh added for his coach and the team captain Cummins.
The all-rounder also heaped praise on his wife Greta. "Grets is an amazing human, I said in my wedding vows eight months ago she gave me the perspective on life I needed and our life is a lot of fun. If I get a duck or get a hundred, she’s always the same," the 32-year-old said.
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An emotional speech by Mitchell Marsh after winning Allan Border Medal 🏅— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 31, 2024
- He had tough times over the years but made a remarkable comeback in the last few years.pic.twitter.com/0Ox0qYPHHe
Marsh had a breakout year in 2023 and his comeback in Tests is one of the most memorable ones for a cricketer in recent times. He did not play Test cricket since 2019 but in his first innings after returning to the longest format, the all-rounder struck a century. He carried his form and scored five more fifty-plus scores in his next 10 innings.