IPL: Mitchell Marsh suffers side strain

Date (2016-05-05 )

ALL-ROUNDER Mitchell Marsh will return home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a side strain and will be assessed ahead of Australia’s tour of the West Indies next month, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Sunday.

“Mitchell experienced some pain over his left abdominal area whilst batting at a training session with his team Pune in the IPL a few days ago,” CA sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.

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“He missed his team’s next game and the pain has not resolved. He had scans in India that suggest he has a side strain injury and will now return home for further assessment and treatment ahead of the tour of the West Indies.”

Australia will compete in a June 5-21 tri-nation one-day series in West Indies, also involving South Africa.

“Once we have a better understanding of the extent of the injury we will be able to advise on his return to play time frames,” Kountouris added.

Marsh is the third big casualty suffered by Rising Pune Supergiants, who have already lost former England batsman Kevin Pietersen (calf) and South African Faf du Plessis (finger) to injuries.

Pune, which sits sixth in the IPL, has already called up Usman Khawaja to replace Pietersen, and is now looking for replacements for du Plessis and Marsh.