All-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who has been struggling with form recently, could face nine months on the sidelines after he undergoes a pending reconstructive surgery on his injured shoulder. The surgery will rule him out of the 2017 IPL and much-awaited Ashes series at home against England.
Marsh was recently ruled out of the remainder of the Border-Gavaskar series and was flown back to Australia to recover from a shoulder injury. "He had the injury through the summer, he was fine when he got here but it just got worse. I was really happy with the way he played the second innings in Pune. It's unlucky for Mitch and we move to whoever the next person comes in. Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever is selected, we'll wait and see," coach Darren Lehmann said, reported ESPNcricinfo last week.
However, it appears that the 25-year-old could be sidelined for a longer spell than was estimated earlier. According to Australian media reports, Marsh is set to go under the knife to reconstruct his shoulder, which had troubled him for a while now. The Western Australian newspaper has said that the surgery is vital for Marsh to harbor any hopes of bowling at full pace in the future.
Marsh, who has accumulated 21 Test caps for Australia since making his debut against Pakistan in 2014, has been struggling to perform consistently over the past few months. His bowling pace has dropped from the 140s to 120s, while he has also had struggles with the bat as well scoring just 74 runs in his last six innings.
Marsh will miss out on the upcoming edition of the IPL where he plays for the Rising Pune Supergiants. The Pune-based franchise will, now, have to find a replacement for the all-rounder.
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