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Mitchell Marsh Beats Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Travis Head To Win Allan Border Medal 2023

image-ls1s4nspMarsh had a stellar run in 2023 (X.com)

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was honored with the prestigious Allan Border Medal, recognizing outstanding performance in the cricketing calendar year, on January 31, Wednesday. 

Despite facing competition from star players like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, David Warner, and Usman Khawaja, Marsh secured the award.

Australian cricket enjoyed a successful 2023, winning both the World Test Championship (WTC) final and the ODI World Cup in India. To acknowledge the standout performers of the year, Cricket Australia (CA) decided to present awards, with the Allan Border Medal being the most prestigious. 

Marsh, aged 32, emerged as the clear winner of the award, which considers player, media, and umpire votes across all formats, giving more weight to performances in Test cricket.

Expressing his excitement, Marsh admitted that it was only recently that he considered having a chance to win the honor. He playfully remarked that people might perceive his victory as a 'weird time' when looking back and expressed his honor in joining the list of legendary Allan Border Medal winners.

“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. 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 time and go that was a weird time," Mitchell Marsh said while receiving the award.

"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 really is a huge honour. I can’t believe it,” he added.

This marked Marsh's first Allan Border Medal win and made him the first all-rounder in over a decade to achieve this, following Shane Watson in 2011. Additionally, Ash Gardner bagged the Belinda Clark Medal for her expectional performances in the past year.

Marsh's outstanding runs with the bat in 2023 extended across all formats, establishing himself as a key player for Australia. He amassed 540 runs in 10 Test innings with an average of 67.5, including a century in the Ashes and four fifties. 

Meanwhile, the Australian all-rounder received the honour to lead Australia in the shortest format.