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Australia suffers a major setback as a key player is ruled out of the World Cup indefinitely.

Australia suffers a major setback as a key player is ruled out of the World Cup indefinitely.

Australia has taken a major blow with the announcement that in-form all-rounder Mitch Marsh will return home and withdraw from the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup indefinitely.

Marsh returned home from India on Thursday for personal reasons and is unlikely to return for the remainder of the World Cup.

“A timeline for his return to the squad is to be confirmed,” said Cricket Australia in a statement.

Australia have already lost fellow all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for Saturday’s match against England due to concussion following an unlikely injury on a golf course, and Marsh’s absence adds to the intrigue as the five-time World Cup champions seek a place in the tournament’s knockout stages.

Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Marcus Stoinis, and Cameron Green will compete to replace Maxwell and Marsh for the match against England, while spinner Tanveer Sangha is traveling as a reserve.

Should Marsh miss the rest of the tournament, Australia has the option of replacing him, but all replacement players must be approved by the Event Technical Committee.

Marsh has 225 runs and two wickets in the World Cup so far, with his best batting effort coming against Pakistan in Bengaluru, where he smashed a brilliant 121.

 

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