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Concerns over Marsh and Faulkner

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January 27, 2014

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James Faulkner made a run-a-ball 27 in the latter overs, Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide, January 26, 2014
James Faulkner picked up a knee problem during his Man-of-the-Match display in Adelaide © Getty Images

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The concerns over Marsh and Faulkner follow the news that Jackson Bird jarred his back in the Big Bash League and was withdrawn from the Futures League match he was due to play as preparation for South Africa.

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Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 27, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

God works in mysterious ways. Thank you.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 27, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Well, as another frequent poster used to always say: "The inevitable slide continues!" Australia have had their few months of fun and glory against a jaded and struggling England, and that too on their home soil. But one mere tour later is all it takes for normality to be restored, and Australia will once again be confined to the bottom of the rankings. The abundance of short-format-specialists and no suitable replacement for Clarke in sight has probably had Australian cricket in full support of the suggestions to do away with tests altogether. For shame!

Posted by cricketsubh on (January 27, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

i donot think player like marsh can play for aus for to long as a batsmen he got injury like a fast bowler even fast bowlers not injured like him as a batsmen u can play with small injuries but marsh make small injuries look bigger i canot see he playing to long for australia if he not ignor small carf strains or small injuries

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

sentiments expressed by broken f-ing arm are agreed with wholeheartedly by a lot of non-metropolitan based cricket watchers/players around Australia regarding the hope that Marsh's knee trouble is so substantial as to stop him from going to South Africa(and weakening Australia's middle order further with the Bailey exclusion) and having Phil Hughes brought back into the Australian lineup given his exemplary batting record on South African pitches in 2008-09 and 2011-12.

Posted by on (January 27, 2014, 11:05 GMT)

Posted by heathrf1974 - I like Marsh but I would prefer him to have another 12 months of first class cricket.

He's had around 160 months of first class cricket, that hasn't helped much. I'm not sure if another 12 months is going to do the trick.

I don't want to see the bloke injured or harmed but if it happens I'd be very pleased to see Hughes get on the plane.

If Faulkner bites the dust, perhaps Henriques could be given another go. He went ok last time and looks as though he has improved since though it's only silly cricket they are playing at the moment - not first class.

I'd love to see if Pat Howard thinks Australian rugby union sides should be picked for test tours of Sth Africa with 8 weeks of soley 7's games to pick from. I think not.

I'm surprised he doesn't try and convince the ARU to play only 7's games for 8 weeks prior to all test series

For those cricket followers that aren't aware, Pat Howard played rugby union for Australia. 7's is like the T20 of rugby union.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 27, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Tilly; Johnson may have had some back issue but that was over a decade ago, Siddle has had no significant injuries for some time. Clarke has only ever. missed one test due to his back injury. Faulkner has had no injuries but the rest of your post may have some correct statements.

Posted by dillyk on (January 27, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

@Anthony Swann.. Johnson has had serious back injuries and he is still a tear away fast bowler.... once your back has been injured it gets injured even easier the next time... exponential graph As a safa i really like him- truly exciting cricketer which is good for test cricket & he has a good record against us smith vs johnson is gonna be a great battle

A swing bowler like hilfenhaus would do better than siddle in sa esp. this time of the year when the wickets have more "juice" in them

Posted by   on (January 27, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

A neat little reminder that Shaun Marsh is, bizarrely, the most injury prone Australian player other than Pat Cummins. One of the many things that made him a terrible, terrible selection.

Posted by AlSmug on (January 27, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

will not effect Australia 11, marsh may not be the one carrying the rinks but Doolan will slot in at 6 for the 1st match in an un otherwise changed winning test team, that is all to be said here

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 27, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Hughes might be an emergency selection after all. I like Marsh but I would prefer him to have another 12 months of first class cricket.

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