According to reports in the Australian media, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is set to be out of cricket for a period of 9 months, which will rule him out of the Ashes, as he will have to undergo reconstructive surgery on his shoulder.
Marsh has long been hailed as a future superstar for Australia, with his hard hitting batting down the order and pace bowling providing a fine balance in the squad.
But the all-rounder is yet to live up to his potential and has struggled with various niggling injuries throughout the Australian summer. After playing in Pune and Bangalore Test matches, Marsh has injured his shoulder again and was ruled out of the remaining two Tests in India in Ranchi and Dharamshala.
It has now emerged that Marsh has seriously aggravated his shoulder and will be out for a prolonged period of 9 months, dashing his hopes of participating in the Ashes.
In his absence, either Marcus Stoinis, who bowls seam up and is primarily a batting all-rounder or Glenn Maxwell, the hard-hitting batsman, who bowls off-spin, are likely to fill the all-rounder’s slot in the Australian team in the 3rd and 4th Test matches. Australia could also change their team combination and go for a sixth batter in the line-up in Usman Khawaja, though that seems highly unlikely at the moment.