As we celebrate the first annual Mitch Marsh Monday, I thought I’d write this because it’s funny looking back now, but Mitch Marsh, the often maligned son of Geoff Marsh, and of no relation to Rod Marsh, was somehow omitted for Ashton Agar for the Australia vs England game back on October 30.
By some sheer coincidence, Australia barely put up a competitive score, and to put it politely, they were absolutely pulverised in that game by the Poms, who chased the target down inside 12 overs, and then went and inadvertently kept Australia alive in the tournament by not tanking their last Group game against South Africa, allowing Australia to finish 2nd in Group 1 ahead of the South Africans on Net Run Rate.
Funnily enough, that Australia vs England game was also the only game during the tournament in which Aaron Finch didn’t win the toss.
So all that said, here’s Australia’s record during this historic World Cup run with Marsh in the team:
vs South Africa (Group Stage, October 23) = WIN by 5 wickets
vs Sri Lanka (Group Stage, October 28) = WIN by 7 wickets
The Bison then gets omitted for the game against England on October, Australia get hammered, and he is recalled immediately.
vs Bangladesh (Group Stage, November 4) = WIN by 8 wickets
vs West Indies (Group Stage, November 6) = WIN by 8 wickets
vs Pakistan (Semi-Final, November 11) = WIN by 5 wickets
And lucky last:
vs New Zealand (Final, November 14) = WIN by 8 wickets, and Marsh is the Player of the Match with an unbeaten 77.
Knock the big Bison at your peril, and once again, enjoy your Mitch Marsh Monday.