SYDNEY: Mitchell Marsh doesn’t know exactly how much money he will lose by playing county cricket rather than the IPL this year. But if the fruits of the decision are more innings like his two contrasting and valuable efforts in Perth and Melbourne, Marsh will happily accept the deficit.
In 2016, Marsh was signed for AUD 1 million (INR 4.8 crore) by Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL auction, and was likely to fetch an even higher price this year. However in 2018 he has chosen to strive for greater effectiveness as a Test batsman by linking up with the former Australia batting coach Michael Di Venuto at Surrey. There is of course the knowledge that as a top-tier Australian cricketer, Marsh stands to earn plenty of money in the long term. The county stint is part of a holistic approach to building a Test career that has also featured plenty of work with a personal batting coach in Scott Meuleman, plus taking the advice of Justin Langer, Darren Lehmann and his father Geoff among others. By Marsh’s own admission his return to the Test team arrived ahead of schedule, but that has only provided greater motivation to stay on his chosen path. “It was a fairly big decision from a money point of view but my ultimate goal is to play Test match cricket for Australia,” Marsh said in Sydney. “That’s the lure of the IPL – the money and playing in India, but I made the decision based on my cricket. “When I made that decision I didn’t really think I was going to be back there this quickly. But I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play 14 red-ball games over there – if I can, and try and improve.”