Snubbing $3 million IPL deal proves fruitful as Mitchell Marsh turns Ashes hero

Marsh withdrew from last year's IPL auction to play for the English county Surrey just so he could be fit and ready when the call came to play for Australia.
Snubbing $3 million IPL deal proves fruitful as Mitchell Marsh turns Ashes hero Mitchell Marsh was picked up in final Test in place of Travis Head. (Photo: Getty)
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Mitchell Marsh was the hero for the Australian team in the fifth and the final Ashes test against England as the all-arounder picked up a five-wicket haul to mark a dream comeback to the Australian side. The 27-year-old finished with figures of 5/46 to put Australia in the drivers seat.

Marsh failed to nail down a permanent spot in Test side and has been in and out of the national team. The all-rounder disappointed in the Test series versus Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Marsh's journey to play in Ashes has been all about sacrifices, The tall Australian let go about 3 million dollars to get himself ready to play for Australia in the World Cup and the following Ashes, if and when he got the chance. 

 He withdrew from last year's IPL auction to play for the English county Surrey just so he could be fit and ready when the call came to play for Australia.

 "That's the lure of the IPL, the money and playing in India, but I made my decision based on cricket," Marsh had said at the time when he decided to head to Surrey. 

Speaking to Fox Sports senior cricket writer Robert Craddock said“Mitchell Marsh turned his back on about $3 million of Indian Premier League money to make this (Test) squad. It’s a $3 million sacrifice for one Test. Extraordinary really,”.

 Marsh's fortunes however declined sharply as he couldn't even play for Surrey due to injury - and it also cost him a place in the World Cup 2019 squad leaving him heartbroken.

The sacrifice finally paid off when he was picked for the fifth and final Test at the Kennington Oval in London. Travis Head’s poor run of form opened the doors on Marsh. He soared above the expectations. Marsh picked up four wickets on the first day of the game. “Most of Australia hate me,” Marsh told the reporters after the day’s play.

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