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T20 Blast: Shaun Marsh picks up an injury, to undergo scans

Marsh hurt himself while fielding in the game between Glamorgan and Sussex.

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Shaun Marsh of Glamorgan bats. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Australia’s middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh has only been restricted to Test and ODI cricket as far as his assignments with the national team are concerned. Australia played an ODI, T20I series in England and then the T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe but Marsh wasn’t included in the squad for the shortest format. Thus he was playing the T20 Blast in England, he was in decent touch representing Glamorgan but has injured his shoulder.

The incident happened during Glamorgan vs Sussex match in Cardiff yesterday. Marsh fell awkwardly while attempting to stop a boundary and got up holding his shoulder and thus it was evident that he had damaged his left shoulder. The 35-year-old will undergo scans today (Monday) and the seriousness of his injury will be clear only after the reports are out.

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Shaun’s a tough guy

Marsh had to walk off the field immediately but the team’s head coach Robert Croft said he’s a tough guy and was hoping to see him back soon. “Shaun’s a tough guy, so it’s certainly not a bruise the way he walked off holding his shoulder,” Croft told the BBC. “So we’ll have to wait and see, but we hope the scan will be favourable to us,” he added.

In case Marsh doesn’t recover in time for Glamorgan’s next game Croft said they will check for possible replacement options. But that comes into the picture only if the injury needs time to heal. The decision will be made by Hugh Morris the chief executive of the county, captain Colin Ingram and the head coach.

“We’d have to consider it, that’s one that (chief executive) Hugh Morris, (captain) Colin Ingram and I would have to discuss,” Croft said.

Marsh had come into the T20 Blast in decent form as he had smashed a couple of hundreds in the ODI series against England. Though Australia lost 5-0, he was the only positive for the team. He also scored 143 runs for the county in the Royal London One-Day Cup and they will be hoping the southpaw returns back soon and so will Australia.

After a brilliant Ashes 2017-18, the national team will rely on him to handle the chunk of the responsibility in the middle order when India come visiting in December this year.

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