Mitchell Marsh’s return to the Australia Test outfit did not go according to plan with the all-rounder being booed on a couple of occasions by the packed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) ground in the Boxing Day Test against India.
The partisan crowd made their displeasure over the dropping of local Victoria star Peter Handscomb evident as they rang out the boos for his Western Australia replacement. Following a string of poor scores in the Adelaide and Perth Tests, Handscomb had been dropped to make way for Marsh.
Loud jeers greeted the younger Marsh sibling both times he was brought on as a bowling change by skipper Tim Paine on day one of the Boxing Day Test.
The all-rounder had been out of favour previously after a disappointing series against Pakistan in the UAE where he could muster only 30 runs with the bat in the two Tests.
The behaviour of the Melbourne home crowd did not sit too well with Marsh’s team-mate Travis Head who termed it as ‘pretty poor’.
Mitchell Marsh getting booed as he comes into the attack.— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) December 26, 2018
“I don’t think it’s great. Obviously we’ve seen it with Kohli (Virat) as well but for Mitch, who worked his bum off today, I thought he bowled exceptionally well,” Head stated after the day’s play.
“I thought he created pressure in tough conditions and fought really hard. I don’t think any Australian cricketer in Australia deserves to be booed.
“I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey (Handscomb) obviously missing out, but I think it’s pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that.”
Marsh ended the day as the most economical of Australia’s bowlers as India reached 215-2 in their first innings at stumps. The all-rounder bowled 15 overs in total on Wednesday, conceding only 23 runs with the help of three maidens.
Head lauded the all-rounder’s character in the face of the ringing boos around the iconic stadium.
“I think Mitch is a character to get on with is. As he showed, he did his business, he did his work, he bowled exceptionally well, did the job that was needed for the team and that’s what Mitch has always done,” the Aussie batsman said.
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