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Australia vs India: Mitchell Marsh hospitalized, ruled out of the first ODI

Australia will now have to rework on their combinations slightly.

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Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Australian team has been dealt with a major blow ahead of the start of the three-match One-day International series against India. Vice-captain Mitchell Marsh is ruled out of the series as he is currently hospitalised with gastritis problem. The news was revealed by the Head coach Justin Langer himself.

Langer said that the younger Marsh was in the hospital for two days right after his axing from the Test team. Hence, the selectors were forced to make a change to the squad. Ashton Turner, who has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket as well as the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) is now roped into the squad.

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Australia will now have to rework on their combinations slightly. The new-look ODI squad could see either of Alex Carey or Usman Khawaja along with skipper Aaron Finch. Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Marcus Stoinis will be the other players in the middle order.

Hence, there is still a spot for another all-rounder or a batsman. This is where Ashton Turner will fit in. With the kind of form that he is currently in, the Aussies will hope that he comes up with the required deliverables. As far as the bowling department is concerned, Peter Siddle might make a comeback into the XI after nine years. Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff and Billy Stanlake will complete the attack.

The 25-year-old Ashton Turner is right up there amongst the leading run-scorers in the BBL 2018-19 season. The elegant right-hander scored 240 runs thus far in 7 games at an average of 48. He also comes in handy with the ball whenever required. The ODI series against India will begin on 12 January 2019.

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