PAK vs AUS: Pakistan and Australia have produced spectacular brands of cricket quite recently. The three-match Test series between these two teams came to a close in Australia’s favour.
Australia got the better of Pakistan in the Test series by 1-0. While the first two games ended in a draw, the visitors made a stellar rebound in the Test series decider in Lahore.
Rightly so, they won the decider by 115 runs and also won the series. Currently, they are gearing up for the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan. Both teams will play three ODIs and 1 T20I. The first ODI will kick off on March 29 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Meanwhile, Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh is set to give the first ODI against Pakistan a miss due to injury.
The all-rounder sustained a hip flexor injury and is expected to miss the entire ODI series against Pakistan. This also puts his IPL 2022 campaign in big doubt. He suffered a hip flexor injury while training as per the reports.
For the unversed, Delhi Capitals recruited the services of an Australian all-rounder for INR 6.50 crores at the mega auction in Bengaluru. Delhi Capitals kick-started their campaign on May 27 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
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PAK vs AUS: Mitchell Marsh set to miss ODI opener against Pakistan
DC got the better of Mumbai Indians in their opening game as they won by 6 wickets with 10 balls remaining. Meanwhile, Australia finds itself in a worrisome situation due to the unavailability of players.
The likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, and David Warner are all being rested from the series. Meanwhile, Australian captain Aaron Finch is expecting Marsh to skip the entire series.
“I don’t think he’ll be available for this series based on how he was feeling yesterday. He sustained that yesterday in a fielding drill. It was a high-intensity, lateral movement drill. He bent down to pick it up one-handed and went to throw and felt a twinge in his hip flexor,” Australian captain Aaron Finch said of Marsh. Meanwhile, Steve Smith is also ruled out of the limited-overs series with an elbow injury.”
On the other hand, the selectors named Cameron Green as the replacement for Mitchell Marsh. Due to Steve Smith’s absence, Marnus Labuschagne is likely to come out to bat at No.3 for Australia.
“Marnus is someone who brings a lot to the team, particularly in these conditions with his leg breaks, and his batting speaks for itself,” Aaron Finch added in a statement.
Australia squad for limited-overs series against Pakistan
Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa