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Australia release Mitchell Marsh from ODI squad

Australia have not named any replacement for Mitchell Marsh.
Australia have not named any replacement for Mitchell Marsh.
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The Australian selectors have withdrawn all-rounder Mitchell Marsh from the One-Day International squad which is set to face Sri Lanka in the limited overs leg of the ongoing tour.

According to Australia's head coach Darren Lehmann, this move to release Marsh from the ODI squad was aimed at allowing him time to rest and recover ahead of a hectic summer season.

“It’s a big summer ahead for him (Mitchell Marsh),” said Lehmann.

“We’ve obviously got some quality all-rounders in our one-day squad anyway, so we get a chance to freshen him up and ready to go for South Africa and moving forward.”

In the recent past, Marsh has been a key member in Australia’s ODI squad and he played an important role in the team winning the tri-series in the West Indies.

In the recently concluded three-match Test series against Sri Lanka, Marsh was Australia’s joint second highest run-scorer with 163 runs from six innings.

Australia are slotted in for a hectic summer season which involves home Tests against South Africa and Pakistan as well as a Chappell-Hadlee contest against New Zealand.

Currently, Australia have not named a replacement for Marsh and they already have James Faulkner and Moises Henriques in the squad as the seam bowling all-rounders.

The five-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played between 21st August and 4th September and it will be followed by a two-match Twenty20 International series.

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

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