Western Australia captain Mitchell Marsh will give up his Indian Premier League (IPL) aspirations in order to play for English County Club next season. Surrey announced that Marsh will join them at the end of the Australian summer and will be part of their team as their overseas player for the entire 2018 season, subject to national commitments.
Marsh said that he was excited to join Surrey. “I’m extremely excited to join Surrey for the 2018 season. The opportunity to challenge myself in English conditions is something I can’t wait for,” said Marsh, according to cricket.com.au.
“I have followed the team closely this year and hopefully I’ll be able to contribute to some silverware, along with helping a young squad grow and improve.
“The opportunity to work with Michael di Venuto and Alec Stewart is also very exciting. Bring on 2018!”
Marsh signs up after Kumar Sangakkara – another overseas player for Surrey – scored 1,491 runs for the team at 106.50, which included 8 centuries, beforing announcing his retirement from the game.
Director of Cricket Alec Stewart also welcomed Marsh into the club. “I’m very pleased to announce the signing of Mitch Marsh, a highly talented, exciting and motivated international all-rounder,” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.
“His all-round abilities and experience will add great balance and depth to our squad in all formats of the game and I look forward to welcoming him to The Oval for the start of next season.”
Marsh is still recovering from the shoulder surgery that forced him to return home from Australia’s tour of India. As a resukt, he has taken a back step when it comes to bowling, but he hopes that he can improve his batting, for which he has come under criticism in the recent times.
“It’s obviously gives me a chance to work on my batting which has been great,” Marsh said last week. “As soon as I’m right to go I’ll always be an allrounder as long as I play cricket.
“But at the end of the day if I’m going to play cricket for Australia I have to be the sixth best batsman for Australia batting at No.6. So I understand that.”