Mitchell Marsh silenced his critics with his unbeaten innings of 181 alongside Steven Smith and took Australia to a commanding 146-run lead at the end of the third day. England bowlers had no answer to his batting, as he smashed 28 boundaries to send the social media into complete meltdown.
Mitchell Marsh’s selection had brought tremendous criticism upon Australia selectors ahead of the Perth Test. The brother of Shaun Marsh had almost been discarded from Australia’s Test squad after a horrible show in India earlier this year proved his inability to bat in the middle order.
There was hardly any place for him in the squad until Peter Handscomb’s shaky confidence at Gabba and Adelaide gave the board selection woes and Perth’s flat strip forced them to hand Marsh a chance. Australia desperately needed a partnership when Marsh came to the crease with a paltry average of 21.74 to his name at the time.
The fact that he had just returned from a shoulder surgery gave England hardly anything to worry about the 26-year-old. He took his time to get going in front of his home crowd but once runs came on the board, there was no stopping him. His defensive soft hand turned into hard-hitting hammer at will as he hit 17 boundaries to bring up his maiden Test ton. His confidence looked at its peak as the ball hardly struck anywhere but the middle of his bat. We aren’t seeing Handscomb anytime soon.
Here are the Twitter reactions-
How to troll England in KP style
Dear Mitch Marsh, we’d like to wish you a warm welcome back to international cricket with some half volleys & throw downs with the new ball. Kind regards, England bowlers! pic.twitter.com/KnHigexKLp— KP (@KP24) December 16, 2017
Daily reminder Mitchell Starc has a higher Test batting average than Mitch Marsh.— Daniel Cherny📰 (@DanielCherny) December 14, 2017
Savage level is always high with that name
And this one
Bringing Mitch Marsh in is enough evidence for me https://t.co/0YRMVgRaIV— nice boy 🆒 (@harleyyyyyyy) December 14, 2017
Marsh will surely need ice after this
Mitch Marsh looking to become the worst batsman to post 200 since Jason Gillespie #Ashes— Perry Driver (@_PerryDriver) December 16, 2017
OK. Who taught Mitch Marsh how to do cricket #ashes— Azza (@BlueSpur86) December 16, 2017
Truth has been spoken
Mitch Marsh re-finding form against England is like Mike Tyson reclaiming the heavyweight title off a toddler.— Nathan Wood (@AltConDel) December 16, 2017
Ninja turtles = 1 Mitch marsh = 0
Mitch Marsh 150. Going to put Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on instead....— Liam Winstanley (@LiamWinstanley3) December 16, 2017
We feel for you mate
Can't believe Mitch Marsh is trolling me with his 150— 🔥🎄🔥 Chris Duckett🔥🎄🔥 (@dobes) December 16, 2017
And the most awaited moment