London, Jul 5 : Shaun Marsh, the Australia batsman, was ruled out on Friday from the ICC Mens’ Cricket World Cup 2019 with a fractured forearm following which wicket-keeper batsman Peter Handscomb has been called as the replacement.
Marsh, 35, was struck by a ball in Australia's net session on Thursday, 4 July. He was rushed to the hospital thereafter, where a fracture was detected, thus ruling him out of the tournament.
“This is obviously shattering news for Shaun and the squad. Throughout this tournament, his spirit, professionalism and the way he has competed has been typically outstanding,'said Justin Langer, the Australia head coach.
“We have made the decision to call up Peter Handscomb to replace Shaun in our World Cup Squad of 15,” he added.
Apart from Marsh, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also picked up an injury in the training session when he was struck while batting, but has been cleared of serious damage.
“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,” informed Langer.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith, who hurt his finger while fielding has been declared available.
Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament, and are set to clash against the Proteas in their final group game with a bid to finish at the top of the standings.(UNI)