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“Marsh Anticipated to Make T20 World Cup Cut Despite Progress Delay”

Australia’s head coach Andrew McDonald provided an update on the fitness of their captain, Mitchell Marsh, ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. Despite being slightly behind schedule in his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained during the Indian Premier League while playing for the Delhi Capitals, Marsh is expected to be fit for Australia’s first game against Oman on 5th June.

Marsh has been undergoing rehabilitation since his injury and has recently resumed batting in the nets during the team’s training camp at the National Cricket Centre. However, he is still a couple of weeks away from being able to bowl.

McDonald expressed satisfaction with Marsh’s progress but acknowledged that the recovery process might take a bit longer than initially anticipated. However, with ample time remaining before the tournament begins, McDonald is confident that Marsh will be ready in time.

While Marsh may not be available for bowling in the initial stages of the tournament, McDonald highlighted the team’s depth in all-rounders, which provides flexibility and coverage. Marsh’s bowling workload will be managed carefully, with plans to gradually increase his bowling intensity as the tournament progresses.

Despite Marsh’s injury, McDonald emphasized that he would not be rested, but Australia has plenty of captaincy options in case the need arises. Alongside Marsh, Pat Cummins and Matthew Wade bring leadership experience to the squad. Additionally, players like Nathan Ellis, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, and Adam Zampa have captained their respective Big Bash teams, further strengthening Australia’s leadership options.

Australia is placed in Group B of the T20 World Cup, where they will face arch-rivals England, as well as Namibia, Oman, and Scotland. With a strong squad and leadership depth, Australia aims to make a mark in the tournament.

Australia’s T20 World Cup schedule

June 6: v Oman, Barbados

June 9: v England, Barbados

June 12: v Namibia, Antigua

June 16: v Scotland, St Lucia

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