Marsh still stunned by ‘uncommon’ elbow injury

"I've been in these positions before so I know what it takes to get back"

“I’ve been in these positions before so I know what it takes to get back”

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Australia batsman Shaun Marsh has revealed that he is still stunned by the “uncommon” elbow injury he sustained when representing the Kings XI Punjab in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

Marsh tore the ligaments in his elbow when he threw the ball from the outfield in a very whippy-like action. The injury he suffered in much more common for baseball pitchers.

“I’ve had a history of injuries over my career and this is a new one – it’s (previously) always been the lower part of my body,” Marsh said. “To do an elbow the way I did, I couldn’t quite believe it.

“It’s a very uncommon injury in cricketers but I guess if anyone was going to find it, it was me. I guess it was probably just one of those things that, over time, there was a bit of wear and tear in the elbow.

“The way I threw that ball, I threw it underneath myself. It’s disappointing but I can’t do much about that now. I’ll just put all my focus and my energy into my rehab.”

After sustaining the injury, Marsh thought rest would be the perfect remedy. But, it turned out that it was something much more severe.

In fact, Marsh underwent surgery last week and will now wear a bionic-style brace for the next six weeks.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life at the moment, I’ve worked really hard over the last two months to get my fitness to a level that it hasn’t been before,” Marsh said. “I reckon I’ve lost about three kilos over the course of the pre-season in that six-week period.

“(But) this is just a small hiccup for me. I’ve been in these positions before so I know what it takes to get back.”

Marsh is now looking to recover from his injury and get back to playing the game he loves.

“I just love the game, it’s been so good to me over a long period of time and I guess with all the injuries I’ve had I still think I’ve got a lot to offer to WA [Western Australia] and for Australia,” he said. “In cricket terms I’m still pretty young, I’m only 31.

“I know I have to get the body right and stay injury free, especially at my age now. It’s going to be a long process over the next few months but I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

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