Reframing Mitch Marsh’s Legacy: Let’s Stop Rewriting History

Marsh rescued Australia from a serious jam in the second innings at the MCG. He is now the most liked cricketer in Australia cause he has delivered on his years of promise, becoming an outstanding, match-turning batter in the middle order. There has been a serious narrative change regarding the 32-year old in the last six months. He has been averaging 67.5 since recalled for the Headingley Test. Despite O’Keeffe’s claims that he was treated unfairly, the majority of criticism directed at Marsh back in the day was in bemusement that a player with such a poor average was being given the sort of run in the team that a player like Glenn Maxwell could only dream of. Booing Mitchell Marsh, or anyone, for bad performance was below the belt by the MCG crowd, but feeling frustrated at a man averaging 25.4 with the bat after 31 Tests was not. It’s great that Marsh’s exceptional character and personality have now combined with his match-winning performances to bring him the acclaim he richly deserves. But why the need to rewrite history and portray Marsh as an unfairly maligned figure we’re only now coming to appreciate, rather than the equally satisfying story of a guy making good on his second coming and turning his career around. Instead of talking about Marsh in terms of redemption, it’s all about him proving his doubters wrong – as if we should have seen back in 2018 that a man averaging in the mid-20s was capable of this sort of batting brilliance. // This is called with the results from from FB.getLoginStatus().