Australia duo face long-term recoveries

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Australia will be without batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Ryan Harris for most of the rest of this year, and possibly longer, after both players needed significant surgery on their injuries.

Australia will be without batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Ryan Harris for most of the rest of this year, and possibly longer, after both players needed significant surgery on their injuries.

Paceman Harris had surgery on his knee in March and is not yet back on his feet properly, and will thus not be fit for the series against Pakistan in October. Marsh is having elbow surgery next week, which will see him out for at least four months.

Marsh picked up the ligament injury while playing in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, and though CA thought resting him would help, it turned out surgery would be required and he'd likely miss the start of the domestic season too.

Team physio Alex Kountouris said of Marsh: "It's a pretty significant injury. We don't see it much in cricket; it's more common in baseball. Cricketers tend to cope with just a short period of rest and they come back and do well.

"Shaun has had a short period of rest, but it's still a problem and we know that surgery takes a long time to recover.

"There's a three-to-four month recovery period and we've chosen to go ahead with that because it gives him time to play for Western Australia and prepare for the World Cup and the Ashes next year."

As for Harris. the physio added: "We're certainly not looking to him to be right for the UAE at the moment. He's going to start running in the next couple of weeks and we'll see how his knee responds to that and hopefully it'll respond the way we expect. If he copes with that, we'll transition him into bowling.

"We're looking for him to be able to play somewhere before Christmas. Hopefully it'll be the India Test matches and he'll play some Sheffield Shield matches before that, but until he starts running and then bowling it's very hard to predict what's going to happen."

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