Australia's Mitchell Marsh to undergo shoulder surgery; faces prospect of sitting out Ashes

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh requires reconstructive surgery on his shoulder injury which will sideline him for up to nine months and end his hopes of participating in this year's Ashes series, local media reported on Monday.

Marsh, a pace-bowling all-rounder, struggled with the shoulder injury throughout Australia's home summer and was ruled out of Australia's remaining two Tests in India last week.

Mitchell Marsh scored 48 runs and took four wickets in the two Tests that he played in the ongoing tour of India. Reuters

Mitchell Marsh scored 48 runs and bowled just five overs in two Test before getting ruled out of the ongoing tour of India. Reuters

Surgery, which the Western Australian newspaper said was "vital" if he was ever to bowl at full pace again, would effectively put the 25-year-old out of contention for the home Ashes series, which starts in Brisbane in late November.

Marsh was hailed as the solution to Australia's lack of a quality all-rounder when he made his Test debut in late 2014 but has been widely criticised for his contributions in the longer format with returns of 674 runs and 29 wickets in 21 matches.

During the first two Tests against India at Pune and Bengaluru, the Marsh scored 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs.

Fellow Western Australian Marcus Stoinis was then named as his replacement in the squad, though it remains to be seen whether the medium pace-bowling all-rounder gets the nod ahead of Glenn Maxwell.

Marsh was not the only Australian casualty to injury, with pacer Mitchell Starc getting ruled out as well due to a foot injury. Pat Cummins has been drafted into the squad in his place.

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Updated Date: Mar 14, 2017 10:36:35 IST

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