India vs Australia 2018-19: Travis Head disappointed at crowd’s disapproval of Mitchell Marsh

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh was booed by the MCG crowd on Wednesday. Batsman Travis Head says it was “disappointing.”

Mitchell Marsh (in picture) “fought really hard” on Day One, observed Travis Head.   -  AFP

Australia batsman Travis Head was “disappointed” after Mitchell Marsh was booed by the crowd in the ongoing third Test against India.

The crowd, preferring to see their local star Peter Handscomb play instead of Marsh, started booing the latter once his name was announced on the public address system when he came onto bowl on Wednesday.

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“I don’t think it’s great,” Head said. “Obviously we’ve seen it with [Virat] Kohli as well but for Mitch, who worked his bum off today (sic), 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 clarified that he understood the sentiments of the crowd. “I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey obviously missing out, but I think it’s pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that,” he said.

Bowled ‘Exceptionally well’

Head made it clear that Marsh wasn’t 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.

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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 fellow, worked his backside off for the boys [on Wednesday] and I think he did a wonderful job. So yeah, [it’s] disappointing, and hopefully that won’t be the case for the next couple of days.”