Concerns over Marsh and Faulkner
Australia have further injury worries ahead of the tour of South Africa after both Shaun Marsh and James Faulkner picked up problems during the final one-day international against England in Adelaide.
Marsh, a surprise inclusion for the South Africa tour, left the field in the 36th over of England's chase and has had a scan on his calf while Faulkner underwent scans on his knee on Monday after not travelling to Hobart as part of the Twenty20 squad. Both players will be assessed again in the coming days.
Speaking after the final ODI, Michael Clarke remained positive over Marsh's prognosis. "Hopefully it's not too bad, hopefully it's just something small," he said. "He was celebrating okay, he was still moving all right out there when he went off the field. Knowing what we have got coming up and [physiotherapist] Alex Kountouris, I think they would have kept him off the field just for precaution more than anything else."
Faulkner, the Man of the Match in Adelaide, was the one member of the Test party who was not due to fly out to South Africa this week, instead staying in Australia to play the three T20s against England in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney before linking with his Test team-mates.
Faulkner made his Test debut at The Oval in August and was part of the squad throughout the return Ashes but could not force his way into Australia's XI which remained unchanged during the five Tests. Marsh made a hundred on his debut against Sri Lanka in 2011 but has played just seven matches for an average of 27.36.
The concerns over Marsh and Faulkner follow the news that Jackson Bird jarred his back in the Big Bash League and was withdrawn from the Futures League match he was due to play as preparation for South Africa.