Emotional moment cricket star Mitch Marsh chokes back tears as he gushes over his wife in epic speech at the Australian Cricket Awards

  • Mitch Marsh won the Allan Border Medal
  • Was on Test fringe until Ashes in 2023
  • Now the versatile 32-year-old is a key figure in the XI

Mitch Marsh’s career revival continued on Wednesday night after winning the Allan Border Medal – and in a speech for the ages, the all-rounder choked back tears as he thanked his wife Greta for her unwavering support.

Marsh, 32, was a popular winner of the prestigious award, and he also singled out captain Pat Cummins and coach Andrew McDonald for their loyalty at the selection table.

“I used to talk to my wife about …,” Marsh said before pausing as he choked up on emotional scenes on stage at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

‘I just wanted to get another shot at it, and it (test recall) was unbelievable.

‘Grets is a wonderful person, I said in my wedding vows eight months ago she gave me the perspective in life I needed… and our life is a lot of fun.

Mitch Marsh's career revival continued on Wednesday night after winning the Allan Border Medal at Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Mitch Marsh’s career revival continued on Wednesday night after winning the Allan Border Medal at Crown Casino in Melbourne

‘If I get a duck, or get a hundred, she’s always the same.

“To Ronny (McDonald) and Patty (Cummins), you believed in me and I can’t thank you enough,” he added.

‘I’m a bit fat sometimes and I love a beer, but you always see the best in me. “You changed my life, this (award) is a great honor.”

Marsh, who had ignored earlier talk from team-mates that he was a contender for the top prize, ended up a resounding Allan Border medallist.

He received 223 votes, well ahead of Cummins (144) and Steve Smith (141).

Not bad for a guy who a few years ago felt he was ‘done and dusted’ as an international cricketer.

During the 2019 Ashes series, Marsh famously declared: ‘Most of Australia hates me.’

It was a blunt reference to the opinion shared by many fans that, although talented, the man they call ‘Bison’ did not seize his long list of opportunities when he represented his nation early in his career.

The all-rounder choked back tears as he thanked wife Greta (pictured together at the awards) for her unwavering support

The all-rounder choked back tears as he thanked wife Greta (pictured together at the awards) for her unwavering support

Marsh was given a surprise recall in the eyes of many during the Ashes series last year at the expense of Cameron Green – and made the most of the opportunity by cementing himself in Australia’s squad in all three formats.

Aussie cricket great Mark Waugh was the excited Marsh who won the top gong at the Australian Cricket Awards, and firmly believes he can now take his game to another level.

‘Absolutely thrilled to see Mitch Marsh win the AB medal,’ he tweeted.

“A team man through and through who had to prove people wrong his entire career.

‘You wouldn’t know it though, he takes everything on the chin and just goes about his game.

“The best is yet to come for him.”