Mitchell Marsh after falling prey to family’s MCG curse

Mitchell Marsh after falling prey to family’s MCG curse. Mitch Marsh ran 96 runs before losing to Mir Hamza in the slips.

Mitchell Marsh hit a superb 96 before succumbing to Mir Himza on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Notably, the hosts were 16/4 and required something extraordinary to emerge from the tight scenario. Marsh grabbed over alongside Steven Smith, putting up a vital 153-run partnership to get Australia back into the game.

Meanwhile, Marsh fell short of a well-deserved century for the third time in his family’s history of leaving the historic MCG just before a landmark. Shaun, his elder brother, was run out for 99 in the second innings of the Boxing Day Test against India in 2014. While his father, Geoff, made 86 against India in 1991.

Marsh explain that missing the milestone not suppose to be. He said that there is some precedent, but he intends to break it if given another chance. He hoped to be on the honours list, but his 96 helped Australia record 187/6 in the second innings of the Test.

“I guess there’s a lot of history at this ground with the Boxing Day Test and a bloody big honours board that I was close to getting on, but it wasn’t to be.” Shaun technically still has me, so I guess there is some history there for us. But hopefully I’ll get another chance.” Marsh

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There are a lot of voices inside your head at four for 16: Mitchell Marsh

Marsh explain that as he step out to bat on Day 3, he was thinking about a lot of things. He was riding on his luck after Abdullah Shafique dropped a routine catch while batting on 20. He contribute 76 runs before being edge out at slips by Mir Hamza.

During his time at the crease, he played counter-attacking cricket, subsequently revealing his goal to put pressure on Australia.

“At four for 16, there are a lot of voices inside your head.” But I believe it all comes down to being true to myself (and) being very clear on my job within this squad and understanding how I play my best. “I guess getting on the counterattack and being positive in that situation… it can almost put more pressure on you when a couple of guys are building a partnership,” Marsh explained.

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