Mitchell Marsh's miserable tour to India has come to an abrupt halt, as the all-rounder has being sent back home due to a nagging shoulder injury. Marsh has been ruled out for the remainder of the India series. Batsman Usman Khawaja and explosive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell are currently in the frame to replace him.
The 25-year old Marsh didn’t have a great series so far, he managed to score only 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. James Faulkner, Moises Henriques or Marcus Stoinis are expected to be named as the replacement in the squad within the next 24 hours. Faulkner and Stoinis had a good outing in the ODI series against New Zealand last month.
Australia’s physiotherapist David Beakley said, "Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required.“
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“Consequently he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action,” as quoted by cricket.com.au.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 8, 2017
Marsh also missed the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in January due to the same shoulder problem but was recalled for the Test series against India.
National coach Darren Lehmann said, “It was fine when he got here but it’s gotten worse. I was confident (Marsh was fit), I thought he played really well in the second innings in Pune where he got 31. At the end of the day, it’s unlucky for Mitch and we move to whoever the next person who comes in (is)."
"Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever’s selected, we’ll just wait and see,” the Australian coach quipped."
Usman Khawaja, who had a horrible tour to Sri Lanka last year is the top prospect to replace Marsh in the Australian playing XI. The 30-year old made scores of 26, 18, 11 and 0 in four innings in the island nation. However, Khawaja bounced back with two knocks of 97 against Pakistan and a match-winning 145 in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval versus South Africa to show his good form with the bat.
With the series leveled at 1-1, India will take on Australia in the third Test at Ranchi which starts on 16th March.
Update: Marcus Stoinis has been named as the replacement for Mitch Marsh.