The Australia national cricket team has suffered a major blow ahead of their last round-robin stage match of the ongoing Cricket World Cup as Shaun Marsh has been ruled out from the remainder of this tournament due to a forearm injury. Australia have called up Peter Handscomb as a replacement.
On Thursday (4th July), during the net practice at Old Trafford, the left-handed batsman received a blow on his forearm. The Aussie fast bowler Pat Cummins‘ delivery hit Marsh’s right forearm and caused a fracture. The scans reports later revealed that Marsh needs a surgery and needs 3 weeks to recover.
This is obviously shattering news for Shaun Marsh – Justin Langer
Australian head coach Justin Langer has confirmed this unfortunate news about Shaun Marsh.
Langer said, “Shaun Marsh has had scans on his right forearm after being struck while practicing in the nets at training today. Unfortunately, the scans have revealed Shaun has suffered a fracture to his forearm which will require surgery.
“This is obviously shattering news for Shaun and the squad. Throughout this tournament, his spirit, professionalism and the way he has competed has been typically outstanding. We are right behind Shaun in his recovery and rehabilitation.”
The 35-year-old Shaun Marsh played two matches in this tournament and scored a total of 26 runs (average 13.00). Though Marsh made his ODI debut in June 2008, this edition was his first Cricket World Cup experience.
The Australian selectors have named Peter Handscomb as the replacement of Shaun Marsh for the remainder of this tournament.
Langer added on this, “We have made the decision to call up Peter Handscomb to replace Shaun in our World Cup Squad of fifteen. Pete is a like-for-like player, in terms of batting in the middle order, and he performed very well for us during our recent tours in India and the UAE.”
Glenn Maxwell also escaped from the injury scare
On the other hand, another Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell also received a blow in the nets. On the same day, Maxwell got a hit on his right forearm when he was facing a short delivery from the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc.
Soon, Maxwell also underwent scans, but he has no serious damage. Langer feels that Maxwell will be fit ahead of their next game.
In their last round-robin stage game of this tournament, Australia will face South Africa on Saturday (6th July) at Manchester. The defending champions Australia have already booked their spot for the semi-finals of this tournament.
The Australian side has performed incredibly well in this tournament and became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. Apart from suffering a defeat against India, Australia have won all their other seven matches of this tournament. Another victory against South Africa means Australia will finish on the top of the points table.
If Australia finishes as the table-topper, they will play the first semi-final of this tournament against the fourth-positioned team at Old Trafford (Manchester) on 9th July. If Australia finishes out the group stage as second ranked team, They will face the hosts England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 11th July.