The younger of the Marsh brothers, Mitchell Marsh has slumped to a new low in Test cricket.
Currently facing a hard time with the bat in the Indian tour, Marsh became the worst No.6 test batsmen with the least average having played a minimum of 20 test matches. Playing in 25 innings at No.6, Marsh has scored 473 runs at an average of 19.7. While he managed scores of 4, 31, 0 and 13 in his last four innings, he averages just 11.8 in his last seven Test innings.
Mitch Marsh officially the worst Test Number 6 OF ALL TIME!
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— Dennis Freedmanistan (@DennisCricket_) March 7, 2017
While Marsh became the holder of the infamous record, the same had belonged to South Africa’s JP Duminy till now. We take a look at the other four batsmen with lowest batting average as No.6 Test batsman.
Though Duminy now bats at No.4 in tests, earlier he was considered as the bridge between the middle and lower order at No.6. In 26 innings, he has scored 622 runs at an average of 25.91. It includes five ducks, four fifties and a superlative century which came in his third test innings.
Caribbean all-rounder Bravo’s stats while batting at No.6 are a shade better than Duminy. Though his career average is 31.42, Bravo’s average at fourth down is 26.61 where he has scored 1304 runs in 50 innings. Almost similar to Duminy, he notched up five ducks and fifties apiece, while hitting a solitary hundred at No.6.
The definition of insanity? Picking Mitch Marsh repeatedly and expecting a different result.
— Daniel Cherny ???? (@DanielCherny) March 5, 2017
Another player who started his career as a lower-middle order batsman, Samuels moved up the order with the passage of time. In 31 innings playing at No.6, Samuels scored 814 runs at 28.06 with a single century and six half-centuries. In the process, he also failed to open his account six times.
The legendary Sir Ian Botham, who has batted at all positions except the top-3, averages 29.23 at No.6. In 66 tests and 94 innings, he hit five tons and 14 fifties, scoring 2690 with a highest score of 138. He also recorded nine scores of zero, but was no doubt one of the finest all-rounders the sport has ever seen.