Marsh joins Cup squad to cover injured Stoinis


Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh is en route to join Australia's World Cup squad as cover after it was revealed Marcus Stoinis picked up a side strain in the match against India.

He has been ruled out of the game against Pakistan on Wednesday in Taunton, but Australia will wait to make a call on whether they replace him permanently in their 15-man squad with Marsh.

Stoinis collected 2-62 bowling seven overs as India racked up 5-352 in their 50 overs with Australia at The Oval on Sunday night, including a superb caught-and-bowled effort to remove deep by Pat Cummins.

He was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a second-ball duck in Australia's 36-run defeat. He made 19 in his only other innings in the tournament, against the West Indies.

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Stoinis has not been officially replaced in Australia's World Cup squad. The International Cricket Councils for the World Cup, but they can later rejoin the squad if they regain full fitness.

Australia captain Aaron Finch said Stoinis would be reassessed ahead of Australia's ensuing match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

"(We're not exactly sure how many games he'll miss," said Finch. "That's why Mitch is flying over. It's still being assessed.

"Over the next couple of days we'll have a picture clearer on what that looks like."

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Marsh, who is in career – best physical shape, Australia, which gets underway next week. He also has a domestic T20 stint lined up with county side Glamorgan.

The 27-year-old man comes with a rollercoaster in a team. Before the team dropped out of two matches later for the home summer.

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He was recalled for a test, against India at the MCG, before being axed again. He also lost his spot in Australia's one-day side as Stoinis became Australia's preferred seam-bowling all-rounder.

Marsh was part of Australia's 2015 World Cup-winning squad but didn't play in the final, with Maxwell, Shane Watson and James Faulkner preferred as the all-round options.

Australia assistant coach Ricky Ponting said that the Marsh is the type of player who could play an integral role in the World Cup.

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"I've known him for a long time and he's a highly talented player, he's obviously just going to the minute," Ponting told earlier this year.

"It's a hard world out there – international cricket is not an easy place to live and survive, especially when you're like him, and it's his fair share of injury issues as well."

"I feel for him. I love to see him in the World Cup squad. There is a danger, someone who likes to strike the cricket ball and his bowling is a little bit underrated as well.

"They're the guys that can win you a World Cup.

"Let's hope he finishes the Australian season really strongly, makes a lot of runs and backs up the Australian team again."

2019 World Cup

Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Paw

June 1: Australia beat Afghanistan by seven wickets

June 6: Australia beat West Indies by 15 runs

June 9: Australia lost to India by 36 runs

June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton

June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval

June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge

June 25: England v Australia, Lord's

June 29: New Zealand v Australia, Lord's (D / N)

July 6: Australia v South Africa, Old Trafford (D / N)

July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford

July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston

July 14: Final, Lord's

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