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Mitchell Marsh makes strike return against West Indies | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh returns to number three in the first warm-up of the T20 World Cup against the West Indies on Wednesday, but will be spared bowling duties as he recovers from an ankle injury.
Marsh’s return is good news for defending champions Australia in the run-up to the World Cup from October 16 to November 13, as Marcus Stoinis continues to suffer from a side injury.
Captain Aaron Finch said Stoinis stayed on track to play against England in Perth on Sunday in the first of three T20Is.
“He is at a level where we think he will be fully fit for that first game against England,” Finch told reporters on the Gold Coast on Tuesday.
“We were just aware of the fast turnaround journey.
“It can be a pretty risky game for some guys with some soft tissue injuries, so he’s still planning and preparing there.”
Should Stoinis and Marsh prove their fitness in the coming weeks, Finch said the exciting young all-rounder was unlikely to Cameron Green would play a role at the World Cup.
‘I do not think so. It’s just one of those things,” Finch said.
Green was not part of Australia’s veteran 15-man World Cup roster but traveled with the group to India, where he scored half a century and opened the at bat in two of the three T20Is.
“He had a really good tour of India. It was good for him to have the opportunity to open the battle so he can get more opportunities,” said Finch.
Opener David Warner, who was rested from the India tour, will return against the West Indies, but Green could still take part in the two-match series given the injury-stricken bowling stock.
“It’s never easy when you’re trying to balance the side, especially when the all-rounders aren’t quite fit right now,” said Finch.
“So that gives us the chance to keep working on the squad.
“We feel like we have our best 11 in mind, but it’s just not like everyone is 100% fit right now.”



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