Marsh flies to sub for Stoinis

In­jury open­ing for for­got­ten all-rounder

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER - SAM LANDS­BERGER in Taunton

FOR­GOT­TEN all- rounder Mitchell Marsh boarded a plane to Eng­land last night and could re­place Mar­cus Stoinis in Aus­tralia’s World Cup squad.

Stoinis, 29, suf­fered a side strain against In­dia and has been ruled out of tonight’s clash against Pak­istan.

The Aussies were last night weigh­ing up whether to play Shaun Marsh or an ex­tra bowler, most likely Ja­son Behren­dorff or Nathan Lyon, in place of Stoinis in Taunton tonight.

Play­ing a fifth bowler would push wick­et­keeper Alex Carey up to No. 6, while play­ing Marsh would re­quire part-time spin­ner Glenn Maxwell to bowl 10 overs.

Mitchell Marsh will link with the squad in Lon­don to­mor­row and is on standby as a de­ci­sion looms on Stoinis’s fit­ness.

If Stoinis does not re­spond to treat­ment, selectors will be forced to make a per­ma­nent change to the 15-man squad.

The pow­er­ful all-rounder had a scan on Mon­day af­ter suf­fer­ing the in­jury while bowl­ing his fifth or sixth over against In­dia at The Oval on Sun­day night.

Stoinis re­ceived treat­ment off the field dur­ing the match, al­low­ing sub­sti­tute fielder Nathan Lyon to take a catch, be­fore re­turn­ing to bowl two overs at the death.

Stoinis then made a sec­ond­ball duck, the first time he has failed to score in his past 19 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als.

Aus­tralia’s lack of cover for Stoinis — he is the only medium-pacer all-rounder in the squad — means it can’t af­ford to have him sit­ting on the bench for many games.

If Stoinis is with­drawn from the tour­na­ment, it shapes as a dou­ble re­prieve for the Marsh fam­ily.

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