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Australia batsman Shaun Marsh and pace bowler Ryan Harris have been ruled out of the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.
Marsh will not be able to play in Australia’s next two tours due to an elbow injury, while Harris has failed to sufficiently recover from knee surgery.
Harris’ announcement came as no surprise since he has not even started running after undergoing surgery in March.
However, Marsh’s injury was a huge surprise, especially the fact that he will need to have his elbow surgically repaired.
“It’s a pretty significant injury,” Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “We don’t see it much in cricket; it’s more common in baseball. Cricketers tend to cope with just a short period of rest and they come back and do well. Shaun has had a short period of rest, but it’s still a problem and we know that surgery takes a long time to recover.
“There’s a three-to-four month recovery period and we’ve chosen to go ahead with that because it gives him time to play for Western Australia and prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes next year.”
Kountouis added that Harris should be fully fit by the time the Sheffield Season starts at the end of the year.
“We’re certainly not looking to him to be right for the UAE at the moment,” Kountouris said. “He’s going to start running in the next couple of weeks and we’ll see how his knee responds to that and hopefully it’ll respond the way we expect. If he copes with that, we’ll transition him into bowling.
“We’re looking for him to be able to play somewhere before Christmas. Hopefully it’ll be the India Test matches and he’ll play some Sheffield Shield matches before that, but until he starts running and then bowling it’s very hard to predict what’s going to happen.”