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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan due to a left hamstring injury.
Marsh sustained the injury while representing the Perth Scorchers in their Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) match against the Lahore Lions.
It has also been announced that he is unlikely to be fit for the three-match ODI series as well.
“He’s not playing the T20 and he’s unlikely to be okay for the one-dayers,” Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “The timelines are just too tight and we’re probably not going to have a crack at it I don’t think. He’s moving around okay and seems okay, but we’ll wait and see for the Test matches how he progresses. There’s certainly enough time for the Test matches.”
Marsh underwent surgery on his left hamstring two years ago and, according to Cricket Australia, he “felt a pinch” when he aggravated the injury in the CLT20.
Marsh recently underwent scans and it revealed that he may have torn scar tissue. However, in order to be certain, Cricket Australia have already started getting opinions from numerous specialists and even from the surgeon who operated on Marsh two years ago.
“Trying to decipher what’s new, what’s old, what’s abnormal, what’s normal, is a bit hard,” Kountouris said. “So we’re getting some opinions from back home from the guy who did the surgery, just to double-check with what we’re doing. The consensus is that he’s only torn the scar tissue but we’re still looking into it.
“If that’s the only thing that’s happened it’s going to be a sort of mild hamstring strain. It might get better really quickly or it might get better very slowly. That’s what we don’t know because of the unique nature of the injury.”