Dumped from the Test squad and hospitalised with gastro, it hasn't been the best week for Mitch Marsh.
Marsh had hoped to use the ODI series against India, which starts on Saturday in Sydney, to shore up his place in Australia's World Cup plans and take the first step towards an Ashes recall.
Instead, the allrounder was restricted to walking laps on Thursday at the SCG, as national selectors added his state teammate and potential ODI debutant Ashton Turner to the squad.
Coach Justin Langer revealed Marsh spent two days in hospital, also detailing how hard it was to axe both Marsh brothers from the Test squad for a two-match series against Sri Lanka.
"That's what leadership is about. You've got to make tough calls," Langer told reporters.
"I've known them since they were kids; (their father) Geoff Marsh is one of my best friends.
"We all know, the boys know and Swampy (Geoff) knows that this a tough business.
"If you aren't performing, you don't get selected."
Langer and fellow selectors will unleash a new-look top six against Sri Lanka, having dropped Mitch and Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch and Peter Handscomb after Australia's historically bad series with the bat against India.
In their place, would-be debutant Will Pucovski and former Test openers Joe Burns and Matthew Renshaw were included in a 13-man squad.
Pucovski, Burns, Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne will play together during next week's tour game against Sri Lanka in Hobart before one of the four batsmen is left out of the Test XI.
"It's against Sri Lanka and under lights, you could say it's a bat-off and that's great," Langer said of the tour game.
"If people think there's pressure in that, that's great.
"Because when you get to Test cricket, there's a lot more pressure than batting for a spot in the team.
"Mental toughness, that's the sort of thing we like to see."
Langer suggested Pucovski, the 20-year-bolter called up after just eight first-class games, wasn't picked purely on potential.
"He's got some ability and he's got some performances on the board," he said.
Australia are reeling from a morale-sapping series loss to India, which represented the first time no Australian had scored a century in a home four-Test series.
"Confidence is a great thing - like respect, you have to earn it," Langer said.
"The first innings of Melbourne and Sydney, honestly almost sucked the life out of us.
"We're crystal clear on the direction we're taking. I've had it my whole life in Australian cricket; we get up and keep getting better; keep rolling our sleeves up."