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Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh injured as Australia bring in changes

Mitchell Marsh
Mitch Marsh of Australia looks dejected after being dismissed by Kagiso Rabada of South Africa. (Photo by Ryan Pierse – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the rest of the ODI series against Pakistan after sustaining an injury while left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc and Chris Lynn will both miss the 3rd encounter at Perth on Thursday. Lynn who made his way into the national team after stupendous performances in the BBL ha finally succumbed to a bulging disk in his neck and will go to see a specialist. His availability for the final two ODIs will be accessed depending upon his condition.

Marsh who has been recently selected for the upcoming 4 match series against India has been complaining about his right shoulder which has restricted his bowling abilities. Peter Handscomb who recently made his Test debut has been added to the ODI squad for the 3rd match as a replacement for Chris Lynn. The replacement of Mitch Marsh is expected to be revealed tomorrow.

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Handcomb’s call-up to the national side means it will be a big blow for his franchise Melbourne Stars in the BBL. However, the Stars will be bolstered by the inclusion of Adam Zama who was released by Australia t play in the BBL clash. The leggie will join the squad in Perth on Wednesday and will hope to get a game. Handscomb has been a revelation for the Aussies and has made great use of his limited opportunities and will look to do the same in the limited overs format.

Cricket Australia had mentioned earlier that they would rest Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at some point with the latter having missed the opening fixture at Brisbane. It will also provide Billy Stanlake with another chance after the towering Queenslander missed the 2nd encounter.

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Chris Lynn had revealed earlier in the month that doctors have diagnosed the cause of the pain and the hard-hitting batsman was optimistic that he could push through this injury. The docs have come to the conclusion that I’ve got a bulging disc in my neck (and) it’s just pushing against the nerve,” Lynn said last week, adding that he was “on some pretty good drugs” in order to lessen the pain. “I’m trying not to think about it. The more you think about it, the more pain it gives you,” Lynn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

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