Mitchell Marsh Forced to Miss England Clash as He Flies Home for Personal Matters
Another blow to Australia’s World Cup hopes is that star all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is leaving for Perth for personal reasons and won’t be playing in Saturday’s World Cup match against England in Ahmedabad. This comes after Glenn Maxwell was forced to miss the game on Monday owing to a concussion he suffered while playing golf.
Mitchell Marsh returned home from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 on Wednesday night for personal reasons, according to a statement released by Cricket Australia on Thursday. The message said that no more information would be released at this time and did not specify when he would return.
Following his recovery from a minor calf ailment that kept him out of the team’s last two games against the Netherlands and New Zealand, Marcus Stoinis is anticipated to be ready to return. Marnus Labuschagne is anticipated to keep his spot in the middle order, while Cameron Green is also set to make a comeback. For the England encounter, Australia will only have 13 fit players available; the only other alternatives are Sean Abbott and Alex Carey.
In reference to Marsh’s exit, Stoinis said, “He flew home late last night due to a family matter, which is very significant as we all know.” By returning home to be with his loved ones, he is acting morally. His return isn’t scheduled, but I have no doubt that he will take care of business at home before making his way back. I grin because he told me in a message last night, “I’ll be home for a little while, and then I’m coming back to win this World Cup.
“Regarding Marsh’s efforts on the field as well as his enthusiasm and charisma among the team, Stoinis acknowledged the impact of his departure. Though he was certain the team could manage, he joked that Marsh had returned the bowling burden to him. “We will miss him, and he’ll be back soon,” Stoinis said in closing. The train continues to go.
Steven Smith will probably move back to his preferred position at number three as a result of Mitchell Marsh’s absence, but Australia’s team balance will be severely hampered because two of their most potent and destructive players—Maxwell and Marsh—will be absent from the match against England, which is a must-win if they want to advance to the semi-finals.
After his calf problem, Stoinis stated that he intended to be well enough to bowl ten overs, if needed. “I’ll have a significant training session today [Thursday] and go through my paces,” he declared. But, hopefully, I’m prepared to go.” Earlier, he had attempted to persuade selector George Bailey and coach Andrew McDonald that he was fit to play against New Zealand in Dharamsala, but they had chosen to postpone his return by one week.
While acknowledging the difficulties and setbacks the squad had during the campaign, Stoinis also pointed out the bright side—after a first-round loss, they are currently in the top four. As the team gets closer to the championship, he also alluded to the possible return of other important players, like Travis Head, implying that they might serve as their “secret weapon” in the next games.