Marsh Ruled Out Of Rest Of Sri Lanka ODI Series

Marsh Ruled Out Of Rest Of Sri Lanka ODI Series
Marsh Ruled Out Of Rest Of Sri Lanka ODI Series
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Australian batsman Shaun Marsh is to miss the remainder of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka after he injured his back during the opening match in Melbourne.

South Australian Callum Ferguson, who was not initially named in the squad despite having toured India recently, will replace Marsh in the squad.

“Shaun Marsh injured his lower back in the latter part of his batting innings yesterday against Sri Lanka," Cricket Australia (CA) physio Alex Kountouris said.

“With the short turnaround between games in this series it was decided that the best management of this injury is to withdraw him from the remaining two games to allow him time to recover.

“His return to cricket will be based on his recovery over the next few days.”

National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch added:

“It’s an unfortunate injury for Shaun, which will see him miss the remainder of the Commonwealth Bank Series against Sri Lanka. However, it does create another opportunity for Callum Ferguson to come back into the Australian One-day team and press his claims.

"Callum has been in extremely good form of late for South Australia in interstate cricket and has a very good One-day international record for Australia, averaging 46 with the bat, so we know he can perform well on a big stage.”

Australia trail the three-match series 1-0 after Sri Lanka mounted a stirring recovery to win the opening match by one wicket in Melbourne.

The second match, in Sydney, is on 5th November.

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