Mitch Marsh’s strange decision against West Indies sparks debate

Mitch Marsh’s reaction to getting out in Australia’s first One Day International against the West Indies has sparked the age-old walking debate.

The white-ball No. 3 batsman edged a ball down the leg side off fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and everyone seemed to believe he was out, but umpire Joel Wilson judged him not out.

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Marsh then decided to walk, knowing he had indeed hit the ball, but only after West Indies captain Kieron Pollard called for the third umpire to review the decision.

The move effectively robbed the Windies of one of their reviews.

Marsh would have been completely entitled to stand his ground after the original not out decision.

The 29-year-old was almost off the pitch in the Barbados capital of Bridgetown when the review was eventually completed, and some of the West Indies players weren’t afraid to give him a spray on his way off.

Can't believe Marsh stood there in defiance for over 10 seconds and then walked off the second that Pollard signalled for a review 😭 #WIvAUS

Marsh’s decision will no doubt reignite debate around the appropriate use of walking in cricket.

Former cricketers such as Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist were famous for walking when they knew they were out and Marsh appears likely to join that camp.

West Indies players weren’t impressed Mitch Marsh decided to walk after they had already opted for a review.Source:FOX SPORTS

Marsh has played superbly on the tour of the West Indies so far, slotting in seamlessly into the first-drop position and being more than serviceable with the ball.

Stand-in skipper Alex Carey declared veteran pace duo of Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood “put on a clinic” as the new-look Aussies routed the West Indies in the opening ODI.

It was Starc’s eighth five-wicket haul in ODIs, and he is now joint fifth for most ODI five-fors.

Wes Agar, the younger brother of spinner Ashton, who presented his cap but didn’t play, joined Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott in making their one-day debuts.

Philippe and McDermott opened the batting in the absence of Finch, and put on a half-century stand.

Mitch Marsh has been in superb form during Australia’s tour of the West Indies. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)Source:AFP

It was enough for Carey, who opens the batting for the Adelaide Strikers to confirm he would maintain his role in the middle order in game two on Friday.

After whirlwind 36 hours in which he was given the captaincy, and a new look team, Carey said he couldn’t have had more support, and felt comfortable enough to do the job again if needed.

“What I know is I have lots of support around me and lots of people who care bout this cricket team, that makes my job really, not easy, but it’s comforting to know people are looking out,” he said.

“The messages I had come through were pretty special. I don’t expect to be a leader, or have the title. Finchy is not here so someone had to take the reins.

“We’ll enjoy the win but move on really quickly.”

Game two is in Barbados again on Friday.

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