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Mitchell Marsh out of Pakistan tour but keeps IPL hopes alive

He will continue his recovery with Patrick Farhart in the Capitals squad in India

Mitchell Marsh got off to a cracking start, Australia vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup final, Dubai, November 14, 2021

Mitchell Marsh has barely played any IPL games in the last two years  •  AFP/Getty Images

Injured Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the remaining white-ball games in Pakistan and he will join the Delhi Capitals squad in India to "continue his recovery" from the low-grade hip flexor injury he sustained in Lahore.
Former Australia and current New South Wales physiotherapist Patrick Farhart, who has been with Capitals since the 2020 IPL season, will manage Marsh's recovery after the allrounder finishes his quarantine on arrival in India. Marsh will be the second Capitals player, after Anrich Nortje, to continue his rehab in the Capitals squad.
"Being able to focus on my recovery without the travel and isolation break is the best approach. I am disappointed to miss the Pakistan series but look forward to re-joining the Australian squad for our next tour," Marsh said in a Cricket Australia statement on Wednesday.
Marsh had picked a hip flexor injury a day before the opening ODI between Pakistan and Australia and was initially ruled out of the first game only. It added to the uncertainty around Marsh's IPL participation for the third year in a row after he had missed the 2021 edition because of bubble fatigue and had picked up an ankle injury early in the 2020 edition.
Marsh was originally set to miss Capitals' first three games anyway for being part of Australia's white-ball squad for the tour in Pakistan which is scheduled to end on April 5. His arrival in India will boost Capitals, who had only two of their seven overseas players available for their opening game against Mumbai Indians, which they won by four wickets. While they wait for Nortje to complete his rehab and regain match fitness, Capitals will have fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman available for their next match on Saturday as they have completed their quarantine.
David Warner will be Capitals' last overseas player to join them, and he will miss their second game too as he had to fly back to Australia from Pakistan after the Test series.