Mitch Marsh has given a young cricket fan a memory he will never forget.
The Aussie allrounder was crowned player of the match for Australia’s first Test win over Pakistan in his home town of Perth when the match concluded on Sunday.
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Marsh continued the resurgence of his career with back to back half centuries in the Test (90 and 63) for the first time in his career, plus the prized first innings wicket of former Pakistan captain Babar Azam.
For that he was acknowledged with the player of the match medal, but it didn’t spend all that long around his neck.
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After the presentation was over, the Australians hung around for an extended period to sign signatures and take photos with fans.
But Marsh took it one step further, picking out a youngster in the crowd to hand his new medal to.
The fan was visibly blown away by the gesture, as were the envious group of kids huddled around him.
Mitch Marsh gave his medal to a young fan. Credit: X
Marsh has been a revelation since his four-year Test hiatus was ended during the Ashes in July, and he looms as a key figure over the next two years ahead of the arrival of India and England to Australia.
One key difference in the new-look Marsh is his willingness to embrace his strengths, rather than try to imitate the strengths of others.
Marsh is the first to admit he will never have the temperament of an Usman Khawaja or a Marnus Labuschagne, but one thing he has in spades is power.
It’s that live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword mantra that is serving Marsh so well in all three formats of the game.
“I think he’s just got a really clear process at the moment in whatever format it is,” Australia captain Pat Cummins said.
“He knows how to score runs, and you know he doesn’t really care what it looks like.
“I think in the past you can get caught up in, ‘There’s a template of how you’re meant to play Test cricket or supposed to play Test cricket and you’ve got to have a good forward defence’.
“I think how Travis Head’s gone about it, David Warner his whole career, and now Mitch Marsh shows that it doesn’t really matter how you score them, as long as you’re scoring runs.
“I think Mitch has found a really good game plan, wherever he is in the world.”
Mitch Marsh is thriving in Test cricket as he backs his strengths. Credit: AAP
Australia have won 15 Tests in a row against Pakistan in Australia, and they’ll be aiming to continue that hot run during the Boxing Day Test.
Nathan Lyon will enter the match brimming with confidence after snaring Test wicket No.500 during the win in Perth.
“He’s a star. He’s so good,” Labuschagne said of Lyon, who joined Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as the only Australians to have taken 500 Test wickets.
“He’s got a natural ability, very gifted ability of bowling a very good off-spin ball.
“The amount of revs he gets — it’s almost impossible for anyone else to get that amount of revs. That skill alone is almost unteachable.
“I’ve played with a lot of off spinners and there’s no one that can get that shape on the ball with that sort of 45-degree angle seam.
“And that’s what makes it so hard when teams come to Australia, because it’s actually the bounce he gets, the steepness.
“It’s just been unbelievable to watch his career.”