Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe and New Zealand ODI series after suffering a minor ankle injury, with Australia taking no chances ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Mitchell Marsh Ruled Out of Zimbabwe and New Zealand ODIs
The all-rounder was experiencing “ankle soreness” following the five-wicket defeat of Zimbabwe on Sunday in Townsville, according to cricket.com.au on Tuesday.
“He’s been playing some good white-ball cricket recently,” team-mate Smith told reporters on Tuesday.
“The way we set up our team the other day with bulk allrounders, he was a big part of that. It’s disappointing for Mitch but there’s some pretty important stuff coming up. He was a big part of our T20 World Cup campaign last year and I’m sure there are big plans for him this year. The priority is to get him right for that.”
Wicketkeeper-bat Josh Inglis has been drafted in as Marsh’s replacement in the squad and will remain with the team for the rest of the Zimbabwe and New Zealand series.
Inglis is currently a part of London Spirit, who are vying for a spot in the final of in The Hundred 2022. He had joined Spirit as a replacement for Glenn Maxwell and played one match before being called up to the national side.
Mitchell Marsh is expected to be fit for Australia’s T20 tour of India next month, which comes prior to the ICC T20 World Cup on home soil.