Injured Marsh could miss out on Test debut

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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could face a big disappointment this month, after his new hamstring injury put him in doubt for the Test debut he was set to make against Pakistan in the UAE.

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh could face a big disappointment this month, after his new hamstring injury put him in doubt for the Test debut he was set to make against Pakistan in the UAE.

Marsh was in line for a debut in the whites because of Shane Watson's injury, but then Marsh picked up a hamstring injury while playing for the Perth Scorchers in the Champions League T20, putting him in doubt.

He has definitely been ruled out of the one-off T20 on Saturday, as well as the three ODIs, but team physio Alex Kountouris hasn't given up hope that the youngster could recover for the first Test.

Kountouris said: "He's not playing the T20 and he's unlikely to be okay for the one-dayers. The timelines are just too tight and we're probably not going to have a crack at it I don't think.

"He's moving around okay and seems okay, but we'll wait and see for the Test matches how he progresses. There's certainly enough time for the Test matches."

He added that they were unsure about the extent of the injury, given Marsh had surgery on the same muscle two years ago. After feeling pain in a match, the situation seemed to get worse on the flight to Dubai this week.

Kountouris added: "Trying to decipher what's new, what's old, what's abnormal, what's normal, is a bit hard. So we're getting some opinions from back home from the guy who did the surgery, just to double-check with what we're doing. The consensus is that he's only torn the scar tissue but we're still looking into it.

"If that's the only thing that's happened it's going to be a sort of mild hamstring strain. It might get better really quickly or it might get better very slowly. That's what we don't know because of the unique nature of the injury."

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