Marsh sacrificed $3 million to play in Ashes
Mitchell Marsh had a terrific outing on the first day of the fifth Test, picking up four wickets to put Australia on top.
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is one of the players who has been hated by his countrymen since the last few years for not performing consistently but yet making it to the team somehow. However, Marsh has made a huge impact after making a comeback in the fifth Test as he rattled up the English top-order with some fiery yorkers.
Marsh picked up the big wickets of Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes to end up with bowling figures of 4/35 on the first day.
The all-rounder is finally getting his reward for sacrificing Indian Premier League (IPL), a contract worth near to $3 million. He forwent the opportunity to earn a multimillion-dollar contract playing in the IPL to instead focus on playing in England, where the World Cup and Ashes have been hosted this year.
Marsh skipped the IPL to play in England’s county cricket club Surrey. However, he couldn’t play in the end due to injury and he wasn’t also selected in the World Cup squad.
Robert Craddock told Fox Sports News: “Mitchell Marsh turned his back on about $3million of Indian Premier League money to make this (Test) squad. It’s basically a $3million sacrifice for one Test. Extraordinary really.”
It will be a match to remember for the Aussie all-rounder if he manages to deliver a man of the match performance in the final Test of the Ashes.