Australia have recalled Mitchell Marsh to join their ODI squad for the ongoing World Cup as cover for allrounder Marcus Stoinis. Stoinis is set for a brief spell on the sidelines after picking up a side strain in the match against India last Sunday. The allrounder is out of Australia’s next clash which is against Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton.
For the time being, Marsh is a temporary replacement and a call on whether he would replace Stoinis permanently is yet to be taken. Stoinis had a poor day on the field against India as Australia suffered a 36-run loss at the Oval. He picked up two wickets but conceded 62 runs. With the bat, he was out for a duck when Australia would have loved to see him score some runs as the match was evenly poised.
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In the other clash in the World Cup so far, he scored 19 during the narrow win over West Indies. According to Cricket Australia, Stoinis has not been officially replaced in Australia’s World Cup squad. ICC rules allow an injured player to be replaced, but they cannot later rejoin the squad if they regain full fitness.
Australia, meanwhile, will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they take on Pakistan. With the road ahead only going to get tougher, the early momentum will be crucial for the all teams. The defending champions have won two of their three games thus far. The team-management, however, could have big headache ahead of the Pakistan clash due to the absence of a second allrounder. A final call on Stoinis is expected soon.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh was set to travel to UK later this week anyway with the Australia A side for the 50-over matches against county opposition. The games would run concurrently with the World Cup tournament.