Australia vs India 3rd Test Melbourne: All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who was recalled for the Boxing Day Test against India, was booed by the spectators of the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he came to bowl his first over on the opening day of the match. He was preferred over the local star Peter Handscomb, which triggered the crowd of Melbourne. Meanwhile, Travis Head found it disappointing. “I don’t think it’s great,” Head said.
“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,” Head said at the end of the first day’s play.
Head said that he understood the sentiments that Marsh was preferred over a Victorian.
“I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey obviously missing out, but I think it’s pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that,” he said.
According to a report in 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”.
However, Head made it clear that Marsh is not affected by the crowd behaviour.
“I think Mitch is a character to get on with it,” Head said.
“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,” said Head.
He was disappointed that Marsh gave it his all but was still booed.
“I think the way he showed today, I think great team man, great fella, worked his backside off for the boys today and I think he did a wonderful job so yeah disappointing and hopefully that won’t be the case for the next couple of days.”
(With PTI inputs)