Australia have been hit by the news batsman Shaun Marsh will miss the rest of the World Cup and possibly the Ashes with a broken arm. The 35-year-old, who has scored 26 runs in two appearances at the ongoing tournament in England, picked up the injury when being struck from the bowling of team-mate Pat Cummins while batting in the nets at Old Trafford on Thursday.
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Peter Handscomb will come into the squad in place of Marsh ahead of their final round-robin game against South Africa on Saturday with the Aussies already assured of their place in next week’s semi-finals. Marsh’s injury also makes him a big doubt for the Ashes as the first Test of the five-match series gets underway at Edgbaston on August 1. “Unfortunately, the scans have revealed Shaun has suffered a fracture to his forearm which will require surgery,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.
“We are right behind him in his recovery.” However, there was positive news surrounding all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who also required hospital treatment after he was struck batting against Mitchell Starc. Langer added: “The scans have cleared Glenn of any serious damage and we’ll continue to monitor him over the coming days. We are hopeful he will be fit to perform for us on Saturday against South Africa.”