Mitchell Marsh is a seam-bowling all-rounder from Australia who has been playing international cricket since 2011. He has played 105 international games across the three formats, scoring 3130 runs, including three hundreds. Moreover, he has 96 wickets to his name and has registered a couple of five-wicket hauls.
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Batting Career Summary
Bowling Career Summary
Despite being around for nearly a decade, Mitchell Marsh has played just 15 T20Is. In fact, it was in the T20 format that Marsh made his international debut. It was the second T20I of the series in South Africa when Australia handed the younger Marsh a debut and he impressed everyone quite a bit. On debut, he came in to bat at No. 7 with Australia in trouble at 87/5 and scored a power-packed 36 in just 21 balls, smashing four sixes. He bowled one over for 11 runs as well.
Even though the Western Australian all-rounder had a strong start to his T20I career, his opportunities were few and far in the shortest format. He played only a few T20Is here and there and didn’t really perform well either. Marsh played five T20Is in 2016 which has been the most for him in a calendar year. Earlier this year (2020), Marsh returned to the T20 fold after a gap of one and a half year and his disappointing run continued. However, in the recent T20I against England, he registered his highest score, 39, and helped Australia avoid a 3-0 white-wash.
On the whole, Marsh has played 15 T20Is and has scored 258 runs at an average of 23.45 and a strike rate of 114.67. With the ball, he has taken just seven wickets at an economy of 7.95.
Soon after making his T20I debut, Marsh was included in the ODI XI as well to perform in South Africa. He made eight not out and returned with 1/19 on debut and contributed decently to Australia’s win. However, he didn’t get a lot of opportunities in the ODI format either in his initial years. After that debut, he didn’t play another game for nearly two years. Marsh returned for the 2013 Champions Trophy and played all three games but his performance was rather disappointing. He scored just 31 runs in three innings and bowled only four overs.
The seam-bowling all-rounder disappeared for a year once again before returning for the tri-series in Zimbabwe. From then on, for the next two and a half years, Marsh became an integral part of the Australian ODI lineup. He was even a part of the 2015 World Cup-winning squad. He scored his maiden ODI ton. His bowling was flourishing as well. In this period, Marsh scored 1199 runs at an average of 39.96 and a strike rate of 96.46. With the ball, he took 37 wickets as well.
However, a shoulder injury midway through the ODI series against Pakistan in early 2017 put breaks on his ODI career. Since then, Marsh has featured in a mere nine ODI games – five in 2018 and four in 2020. He has been in decent shape and seems to have improved his game as well.
At the moment, he is in the Australian white-ball side and if he continues his current form, he will definitely go on to become an integral part of the middle-order once again. Overall, Marsh has played 58 ODIs and has scored 1612 runs and averages 35.62. He has registered 12 half-centuries and one hundred. He has 47 scalps with the ball in the 50-over format.
It was three years after he made his T20I and ODI debut that Marsh got a go in the longest format. Marsh made his Test debut in the UAE in 2014 against Pakistan and started strongly with the bat. He scored 164 runs at an average of 41.00 in the two-match Test series. However, he didn’t pick up a wicket. It was in the series against India that he got his maiden Test wicket which was Shikhar Dhawan. However, Marsh’s inconsistency led to him being dropped midway through the Test series against India at home in 2014 – 2015.
The Western Australian all-rounder came back for the 2015 Ashes series in England and did well with the ball in the three games he played but struggled with the bat. Despite not having the best of returns with either bat or ball, Marsh continued as the premier all-rounder in the Australian Test side.
In 2017, he didn’t start the Ashes series but came in for the third Test and returned in style, smashing a dominant 181 at his home ground, the WACA in Perth. He scored another ton in that Ashes at the SCG and started 2018 with a bang. Marsh had made 96 in the first Test against South Africa in Durban as well before his form took a drastic turn and the downward curve started. Post that 96, Marsh made just one 20+ score throughout 2018 and eventually fell out of favour. His bowling fell off the cliff as well. However, Marsh returned for the last Ashes Test in 2019 and picked up a five-wicket haul.
Marsh’s Test career has been a series of stops and starts. Yet, with Australia not able to find another all-rounder, they have constantly gone back to Marsh whose Test numbers read 1260 runs at an average of 25.2 and 42 wickets at an average of 38.64.
It is a rather unknown fact that Mitchell Marsh made his IPL debut before his international debut. In 2010, he featured in three games for the Deccan Chargers. He batted in just two games and scored 28 runs while he picked up two wickets. Pune Warriors India (PWI) bought the hard-hitting all-rounder for $290,000 in 2011. He played 14 games across two seasons (2011 and 2013), scoring 191 runs and taking 14 wickets. In 2016, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) shelled out INR 4.8 crore for Marsh’s services. However, he could play just three games (scored 7 runs and took four wickets) before a side strain ruled him out. Marsh disappeared from the IPL for a few years but Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bought him at his base price of INR 2 crore for the 2020 season.
Mitchell Marsh has been around as captain in domestic cricket for a while now. He is leading the Western Australian side in Shield cricket and even has captaincy experience from the Big Bash where he has been leading the Perth Scorchers for the last few years. Moreover, Marsh has led Australia ‘A’ sides as well. To add to that, when the trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned, it was Marsh who was picked as one of the two vice-captains for Australia in 2018.
Cricket runs in Mitchell Marsh’s blood. He comes from a cricketing background. His father Geoff Marsh has played 50 Test matches and 117 ODIs for Australia and has scored more than 7000 runs in international cricket, including 13 hundreds. His brother Shaun Marsh has been around the Australian setup since 2008 and has played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs and 15 T20Is for Australia, scoring 2265 runs, 2773 runs and 255 runs respectively.