There is no doubting that Mitch Marsh will be one of Australia’s finest all-rounders in years to come. The Western Australian has already lived up to much of the hype surrounding him, and at just 21, he is only getting started.
Marsh became the youngest player in history to play in the Ryobi Cup when he made his debut as a 17 year old against the Redbacks.
He made his first-class debut against the Blues later that year, where he was selected as a specialist batsman. He repaid the selectors’ faith with a stylish 59* in an otherwise disappointing showing from the Warriors.
Next on the agenda for the 19 year old was a trip to New Zealand for the under-19 World Cup. Marsh led the side with valour throughout the tournament, scoring 97 in a crucial semi-final win, before captaining the side to a well-deserved win in the final.
Despite starting out as a batsman, Marsh has developed into a very accomplished bowler. His line and length are his biggest assets, while his clever changes of pace have troubled some of the finest batsmen in Australia.
Marsh has had to play a myriad of roles with the bat for Western Australia over the years. In 2010/11, he ground out a patient 111 against the Blues at the SCG, while against the same opponent, he belted a rapid-fire 60 off just 29 balls to show off his big hitting potential. His down the ground slogging in the 2011/12 BBL was one of the major factors behind the Perth Scorchers’ success.
His all-round skills earned him a spot in the national T20 side that won in South Africa. His debut is one he will never forget, as Marsh plundered four sixes in an innings of unbridled aggression.
Marsh had been earmarked as Western Australia’s biggest hope in the 2012/13 season, but a major hamstring injury ended his campaign prematurely.
The young gun returned in the IPL for the Pune Warriors, where he has consistently shone. He has scored 140 runs so far and taken seven wickets for the franchise.
With an impressive domestic résumé under his belt, Marsh will be hoping to add to his four international caps.