Mitchell Marsh will not be able to play in the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe and New Zealand due to a minor ankle injury. However, he will be eligible to play in the T20 tour of India. It will begin in January ahead of the World Cup in Australia.
Josh Inglis, a wicketkeeper-batter from Western Australia has been called up as a replacement. He had played for London Spirit in the Hundred and took Glenn Maxwell’s place.
Marsh’s issue was defined as “minor ankle soreness”. As the T20 World Cup is just around the corner, precaution is being exercised. Marsh will be a crucial member of the team at No. 3 at the T20 Cup. In the first ODI, he was the first-change bowler. He recorded 1 for 22 before going down for 2 during the run chase.
“It’s obviously not ideal for Mitch,” Steven Smith said. “He’s been playing some really good white-ball cricket recently and the way we set up our team the other day with bulk allrounders, he was obviously a big part of that. Disappointing for Mitch but there’s some pretty important stuff coming up, he was a big part of the T20 World Cup campaign last year and sure there are big plans for him this year so the priority is to get him right for that.”
Marsh’s absence may change the composition of Australia’s side for the second game in Townsville. Although Ashton Agar and Sean Abbott are both on the roster if they want to stick with the allrounder-heavy strategy that has placed Cameron Green at No. 8. Cameron Green may now have the opportunity to play higher up the order.
“The ball was seaming around a fair bit, there was a bit bounce and the spin was pretty hard to line up as well,” he said. “Some were going straight and some were taking off and bouncing so it wasn’t easy, but good to spend time out there and sure it will serve me well.”
Australia’s optional training session on Tuesday was hampered by rain, but the weather was expected to clear up for the game.
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