Every player gets over the moon when they score their first Test hundred, but when its your first Test hundred and that too in the Ashes, the joy knows no bounds. Few days ago, Australian middle order batsman Mitchell Marsh experienced the same when he scored 181 runs in the third Test match against England.
He has been rightly in the headlines but not only for his hundred against England, but also for saying no to Cricket’s most popular league, the Indian Premier League (IPL). The batsman has took this decision for making his place solid in the Australian Test team.
Marsh played for Rising Pune Superstars in the last edition of IPL who played in the final. But he won’t be seen in the 11th edition of the tournament. He told reporters about this: “If I think financially, then its a very big decision. But my main target is to play for the Australian Test team regularly. IPL is a very big tournament, but I took this decision thinking of my career.”
The 26-year old batsman wants to concentrate in Test cricket. In the last Melbourne test, Marsh played a crucial role to save the test match for Australia along with skipper Steve Smith. Australia have already won the Ashes this year and now Marsh’s eyes is on Ashes 2019 which will be held in England. He will play in county instead of IPL. For getting used to in the English conditions, he took that decision.
Marsh also said after his two vital innings, he is now confident to perform even better: “I’ve worked extremely hard over the last nine months to make sure I have a game that can adapt to all conditions. I realise I’ve only done that now in two Test innings and have a long way to go, but I’ve certainly gained a lot of confidence from the last few weeks.”