Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will be missing the game against Pakistan on Wednesday as he has been ruled out with a side strain. Though Stoinis hasn’t been ruled out of the World Cup, Cricket Australia has decided to send Mitchell Marsh to the UK as cover. Stoinis picked up the side strain during Australia’s match against India at The Oval. His fitness will again be assessed before the Pakistan match and a further call will be taken. ICC rules state that a player ruled out of the World Cup can’t be added back to the squad.
Against Pakistan though, Australia is expected to include players like Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Lyon as Stoinis’ replacement.
Marsh, who last played an ODI in January 2018, was scheduled to reach England any which ways for the A tour later this month but his departure from Australia was fast-tracked to allow the team the option of a back-up allrounder if Stoinis be ruled out of the tournament.
Earlier this year, Marsh was dropped from Australia’s list of contracted cricketers for the 2019-20 season after enduring a tough season since being elevated as Australia’s joint Test deputy skipper. He lost his spot in the national squad across formats due to poor performances, including a couple of failures against India in the Boxing Day Test match.
Even though Mitchell had been replaced by Stoinis in Australia’s ODI plans, he still remained on the radar for red-ball cricket. He ended the Sheffield Shield with a century and earned a spot in Australia’s 14-member four-day side set to tour England in July.