Australia vs India: Mitchell Marsh declared fit ahead of second ODI in Adelaide

Australia vs India: Mitchell Marsh declared fit ahead of second ODI in Adelaide

"He's back fully fit and ready to go."

Mitchell Marsh
Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Australian all-round cricketer Mitchell Marsh, who missed the first ODI in Sydney owing to illness, has rejoined the national squad after spending two days in the hospital and is available for selection ahead of Australia’s clash with India in second ODI in Adelaide The 27-year-old was hospitalised with gastritis and missed Australia’s 34-run win against the Indians in Saturday’s series-opener at the SCG.

Perth Scorchers‘ Aston Turner was called in as cover for the all-rounder, however, Turner failed to make it to the playing XI. Australian vice-captain and opening batsman Alex Carey confirmed the news on the big all-rounder’s fitness and availability for the Adelaide ODI. The gloveman said Marsh is pressing his claims to play in Tuesday’s game as the Men in Yellow eye their first ODI series win in two years.

He is going to have a bowl today and he will have a hit

“Mitch is good … he’s back fully fit and ready to go. He is going to have a bowl today and he will have a hit, so we will see how he pulls up,” Alex Carey was quoted as saying to cricket.com.au before Marsh bowled at the Adelaide Oval nets at training.

The right-handed batting all-rounder, who was axed from Australia’s Test squad in the series against Sri Lanka starting later this month, played one Big Bash League game – after the Test series against India – for Perth, scoring 11 runs against Brisbane Heat before falling ill. Whereas Turner, who plays state cricket with Western Australia and for the Scorchers in the BBL, has scored 43 not out, 47 and 60 not out in his past three Big Bash League matches.

But forecast temperatures of 42 degrees in Adelaide on Tuesday might prompt selectors to proceed with caution on Marsh and keep him sidelined. Currently, Aaron Finch’s side is leading the three-match ODI series 1-0 with two matches still to be played.

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