Mitchell Marsh was booed by a large section of the massive crowd present on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG) on Wednesday, December 26.
The all-rounder, who is from Western Australia, replaced the Victorian state native Peter Handscomb in the playing XI for the iconic Test match and this is being cited as one of the possible reasons behind the whole incident.
Marsh handed over the hat to the on-field umpire before going through his delivery stride for the first time and this moment was not at all well received by some fans sitting in the Great Southern Stand at the stadium.
The sound of boo's could be heard on the other side of the gigantic field before it was condemned and later made fun of by many fans and journalists over the social media.
Earlier, right-hand batsman Handscomb was dropped from the side owing to constant struggles with the bat and failures in Adelaide and Perth.
But even though Marsh's inclusion was justified by the team management as a means to better balance their side in either skill, recent performances suggest there wasn't a lot of difference between the two.
Marsh averages 10.4 with the bat, while Handscomb averages 17.1 in their last five Test respective Test matches for Australia.
Hence, it clearly was the case of some home bias creeping in among certain members of the huge crowd.
(Inputs from Fox Sports)