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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out for the rest of the ongoing ODI series against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury.
Marsh has been dealing with the shoulder issue for some time, but the fact that it has gotten worse is a major concern for the national selectors, especially as he was included in the squad for the Test tour of India next month.
With Marsh sidelined, Australia have called up fellow all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as his replacement. The 27-year-old has only played one ODI to date, which came against England back in September 2015.
Stoinis will feature for the Melbourne Stars in their Big Bash League (BBL) match against the Brisbane Heat on Tuesday before travelling to Perth on Wednesday with spinner Adam Zampa.
“He’s got an ongoing issue with his shoulder and we’re giving him some time off to get that right,” Australia captain Steve Smith said. “He could be a very key player for us in India and he hasn’t been able to bowl the speeds he would like. We know how important air-speed is in India, especially with the ball reversing, so we need to be able to get that right.”
To make matters worse, batsman Chris Lynn, who made his debut in the first ODI in Brisbane on Friday, has also been withdrawn from the team for the third ODI in Perth on Thursday after he suffered a neck injury.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb has been named as Lynn’s replacement.
Australia and Pakistan are currently tied at 1-1 in the five-match series as the former began with a 92-run win in Brisbane before the latter fought back to bring themselves level with a six-wicket win in the second ODI in Melbourne.