In a major blow ahead of the first One-Day International game against India, Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the first match of the series in Sydney with a gastro bug.
The news was confirmed by the head coach of the Australian team – Justin Langer. He shared that he has been recovering from gastritis at the hospital for the past couple of days and will not play the first One-Day International.
Langer shared, “We will see how he goes, but he certainly won’t be playing the first game in Sydney and we will wait and see how he recovers.”
Middle-order batsman Ashton Turner has been included in Australia’s One-Day International squad against India as a replacement for Mitch Marsh ahead of the first ODI at the SCG on January 12.
Talking about Turner’s addition to the squad, coach Langer shared that Turner’s ability to finish the matches with authority is one of the major reasons behind his recall to the national set-up.
“Turner is such a great athlete, it puts so much pressure on the opposition. One of the hallmarks of great Australian teams, you think about Dean Jones, Michael Bevan, and Michael Hussey is the running between wickets. It is a basic skill but we have been talking about getting players who can finish off innings and he has shown that in what we can go off in Big Bash cricket, he is in great form.”
He has been in tremendous form in the ongoing edition of the BBL and has scores of 60*, 47, and 43* in his last three innings.
Langer concluded, “He can finish the innings so well, an elite athlete in the field and he is also a captain. You see the way he finishes off an innings that he is a good thinker of the game like most of the great finishes and a really good leader, good person around the group. Very excited see him come in.”
Revised squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, and Adam Zampa.
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