AUS v IND 2018-19: Travis Head lambasts MCG crowd for booing Mitchell Marsh

The allrounder was not recieved well at all by certain members among the crowd on Day 1.

Marsh replaced native Victorian Peter Handscomb into the playing XI | Getty

Travis Head is "disappointed" with Mitchell Marsh getting booed by the large section of the crowd present on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, which was basically instigated as Western Australia directly replaced native Victorian Peter Handscomb into the playing XI for the iconic occasion.

"I don't think it's great," Head said at the end of play afterwards, as he reiterated how it is extremely unfair to be received by the crowd like that despite playing on your home soil, "Obviously we've seen it with Kohli as well but for Mitch, who worked his bum off today, I thought he bowled exceptionally well."

"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."

According to a report from ESPN Cricinfo, "A Facebook page was set up ahead of the Test which encouraged fans to boo Marsh, who was the most economical of Australia's bowlers, conceding 23 runs off his 15 overs".

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.

"I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey obviously missing out, but I think it's pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that," Head said and intimated how Marsh is not the sort of person to get too disturbed by these things, "I think Mitch is a character to get on with it. 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."

"He's always been someone to get the energy around the group, lead from the front and I think he did that and in tough conditions to grab the ball and bowl the way he did was really good. He created a couple of chances as well," Head credited the allrounder doing justice to his role in the side.

Marsh bowled 15 overs at less than 2 rpo for just 23 runs.

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 27 Dec, 2018

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