Poor old Mitchell Marsh. Team-mates say he's exactly the sort of bloke everybody wants in any team. He's that guy with energy, natural talent, a sense of humour, the ability to turn a match in minutes.
Unfortunately he is not, for now at least, a Test standard batsman -- a fact which has been readily apparent to even casual cricket watchers but which cricket selectors, for reasons known only to them, have overlooked.
But now, in the wake of yet another Marsh failure in the second Test between Australia and India in Bengaluru, we've got the stats to back it up, courtesy of our favourite cricket website ESPNcricinfo.com. We were first alerted to this by a tweet by cricket writer Dennis Freedman.
Mitch Marsh officially the worst Test Number 6 OF ALL TIME!— Ravidennis Ashwin (@DennisCricket_) 7 de março de 2017
(min 20 matches) pic.twitter.com/WfxDtgEnnU
But we wanted to crunch the numbers ourselves, so we went to Cricinfo's excellent Statsguru section, which is where sports stat nerds like this reporter go to kill entire afternoons and in some cases, relationships.
Eek! The stats don't lie. The list below shows every batsman in Test cricket history who has played at least 20 Tests while batting at number 6.
As you can see, no player has come to Marsh's sub-20 batting average, nor his paltry return of just one score in excess of 50.
Marsh was dropped -- finally -- during the Australian summer, but was said to be batting well again, and earned a reprieve for this tour.
That was until it was announced he'd been ruled out from the rest of the series and is set to jump on a flight home from India, suffering from a shoulder injury. He is now almost certain to be replaced by either Glenn Maxwell or Usman Khawaja for the third Test
Khawaja has been one of Australia's best batsmen in most conditions over the last two years, but had a poor tour of Sri Lanka in 2016. He is regarded as a little suspect against top quality spin bowling. But hey, he's no Mitch.
Mitch Marsh? Myth Marsh, more like it.
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