Mitchell Marsh is to be replaced by another allrounder for the remainder of Australia’s Test campaign in India after his sore shoulder failed to improve following a period of rest leading into the tour.
“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.”
David Beakley, the team physio, explained how Marsh’s shoulder had deteriorated: “Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required. Consequently he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action.”
“They’re pretty good. We had a bad 33 overs on day four, so you’ve got to move on quite quickly,” he said. “We’ve got a break, it’s been a long summer and we’ve come here with the challenge of retaining the trophy first and foremost, we’re very close but not good enough. We’ve got to regroup quickly for Ranchi.
“I presume the wicket will be very similar and that’s a great thing, you know there’s going to be a result when you rock up for the game, so for us to be on the right side of the ledger if that makes sense and play well. If you’d said to us 1-1 after two Test matches you’re not in a bad position, barring not getting enough runs on final day. Pleased where we’re at, we’ve got to play well next Test match.”