Australia news September 3, 2013

Hamstring injury puts Mitchell Marsh out of CLT20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh has suffered a hamstring injury that rules him out of Perth Scorchers' Champions League T20 campaign. Marsh had originally picked the injury during Australia A's tour of South Africa in July-August, and aggravated it during a session with Scorchers.

"He hurt it on the Australia A tour but he got through, he kept playing," Scorchers coach Justin Langer was quoted as saying by Australian newspapers. "When he got back we were doing a running session and it just went.

"I knew straightaway [that it is serious], it was that sort of coach's nightmare when you see it. He has had all the tests and it shows that it's probably a reasonably long lay-off... it won't require surgery but it's probably an eight to 10 week injury."

Marsh will be replaced by Western Australia allrounder Hilton Cartwright, who made his debut for Scorchers in the Big Bash League last season and played three games.*

Marsh has previously had trouble with his hamstrings. He had to retire during a Ryobi Cup match last November due to a similar injury. He has also had discipline problems plaguing him over the last year. In July 2012 he was sent home from Australia's Centre of Excellence after being "unfit to train" after a night out. In October, during the previous edition of the Champions League, after another night out he was forced to sit out by Scorchers.

He was recalled to the Australian squad for the Champions Trophy in June, and then travelled with the A team to South Africa for a full tour. This injury, unless the healing process is smooth and very quick, is likely to rule him out of Australia's limited-overs tour of India that runs from October 10 to November 2.

*0752 GMT. This article has been updated with information about Marsh's replacement in the side

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  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Too right Dismayed. Butterworth seems like a really good player who has been overlooked. A little confounding given Aust' s crappy performances over the last few years, but selection is based on things other than good longterm performances at first class level. Flighty, flukey, spasmodic performances in 20/20 seem to carry more weight.

  • Gary on September 5, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Butterworth has been performing for years on Bellerive oval even when it was a road he had very good success. DylanBrah knows nothing about cricket from the remarks.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    @DylanBrah so by that logic Faulkner should not be playing or is there another subtle variable that I'm overlooking. Pretty similar stats... And well the WACA is also considered to be rather bouncyish, where one expect to find inflated medium pacer figures and still MM's stats are crap in both bowling and batting terms. Why, why, why - well apart from the obvious explanation...

  • Dylan on September 4, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    @Fred Saunders - Luke Butterworth doesn't get a chance at Test level because medium pacers with inflated stats due to green-top tracks in the Sheffield Shield don't succeed at the highest level of the game. See example - John Hastings.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Marsh has not grounds for being considered at this level. A little like Starc. I wonder why someone with the 1st class record of Luke Butterworth never gets considered - at least for the ´Test side.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Good for him. Definitely a much relieving break from T20 leagues for him. Better work on his fitness and most importantly his cricket. Otherwise, he will also become a lost asset of Australian cricket like his brother. Saw as him, Australian future in U-19s but need to catch up the game a lot.

  • Prasanna on September 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Hope Nic Maddinson gets a chance against india in his place.

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