Cricket fans have been left shattered for Mitch Marsh after the all-rounder was ruled out of Australia's ODI series against Pakistan starting on Tuesday.
Australia's depleted stocks took a further hit on Monday after T20 World Cup hero Marsh was struck down by a hip injury.
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Marsh suffered the injury while fielding during a training drill, with scans confirming the injury as a low-grade hip flexor strain.
Captain Aaron Finch said he expected Marsh to miss all three matches of the series, with Cameron Green to fill the void.
Marsh's injury comes at a bad time for the tourists given that Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and David Warner are all being rested from the white-ball component of the Pakistan tour.
Steve Smith was ruled out at the weekend due to an elbow injury, while Glenn Maxwell is another big name that is missing.
In a further blow for Australia, Josh Inglis has tested positive for Covid-19.
"I don't think he'll be available for this series based on how he was feeling yesterday," Finch said of Marsh.
"He sustained that yesterday in a fielding drill. It was a high intensity, lateral movement drill.
"He bent down to pick it up one-handed and went to throw and felt a twinge in his hip flexor."
Fans were left gutted for Marsh after he became a white-ball star for Australia over the last 12 months.
BREAKING. Mitch Marsh looks to be out of limited overs series v Pakistan. Hip flexor. Scans. Bad start.
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) March 28, 2022
A blow for Mitch Marsh, who looks like being out of the series with a hip flexor injury. He's been here all through the tour, carrying drinks and training hard. Now a chance for Cameron Green to display his ODI credentials. #PAKvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 28, 2022
Congratulations Cameron Green & sad for Mitch Marsh. #PAKvAUS
— Judith Kelly 💉💉💉 (@Kelly1Judy) March 28, 2022
So Mitchell Marsh injured so Australia playing 11 will be like:
— Hammered Truth🇦🇺🦘 (@hammered_truth7) March 28, 2022
The dream to see Mitch Marsh in red hot form lightning up the #IPL2022 every year just doesn'tt materialise.....
— Umair (@imumair10) March 28, 2022
Shit man, haven't seen any other player getting injured this often ! Mitch Marsh is too much injury prone !
— TegtaJi (@iamtegtaharsh) March 28, 2022
— Arnav Singh (@Arnavv43) March 28, 2022
Matt Renshaw joins Australia squad for ODI series
Wicketkeeper-batter Inglis will isolate for five days before returning to the squad.
Queensland batter Matthew Renshaw will join the team following three days of isolation, but Marsh's absence has opened the door for Green to showcase his talent.
Green is flourishing on the Test arena, but his one and only ODI appearance came in December of 2020 when he scored 21 off 27 balls and took 0-27 off four overs in a 13-run loss to India.
"He will probably bat in that middle-order," Finch said of the 22-year-old.
"We're seeing that he's a super-talented cricketer. He's someone who has been quite consistent in his Test career so far.
"His impact with the bat and bat can't be underestimated. I'm really excited for Cam to get that opportunity."
Ben McDermott, who has just two ODIs to his name, could be given another crack at the top of the order in the absence of Warner.
And Smith's exit could open the door for Marnus Labuschagne to play his first ODI since 2020.
"Marnus is someone who brings a lot to the team, particularly in these conditions with his leg breaks, and his batting speaks for itself," Finch said.
"He's a wonderful player and continues to get better in ODI cricket and T20 cricket in particular.
"The fact he's bowling more and more is impressive.
"I don't know if anyone has seen the footage of our training yesterday, but Marnus bowled a lot and carried on like an idiot every time he got a wicket, which was quite good fun.
"He's someone who is so dynamic around the group, brilliant in the group.
"Just the whole package he brings is outstanding, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him play in these conditions again."
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