Australian veteran Mitchell Marsh has rushed home from the Cricket World Cup in India for personal reasons.
The 32-year-old was quickly put on a flight back to Perth and will not face England on Saturday.
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It was originally unclear whether Marsh would return, but teammate Marcus Stoinis revealed he vowed to return.
“He’s got a family issue going on and like we all know, family is very important, the most important (thing) really,” Stoinis said.
“He’s doing the right thing and he’s getting home and he’s seeing the people he needs to see.
“I don’t think there’s a timeline on when he’s coming back, but I’m sure he’ll do what he needs to do at home and then get back.
“He sent me a message last night saying, ‘I’ll be home for a little bit and then I’m coming back to win this World Cup’ so that speaks to his mindset I think.”
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Marsh has played every match of Australia’s tournament so far, striking a century in a win over Pakistan days after a fifty against Sri Lanka.
Stoinis or Cameron Green loom as the most likely options for a call-up to the XI in his absence.
Cricket Australia can only fly in a replacement player if Marsh is officially ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
The Aussies will play Afghanistan on November 7 and Bangladesh on November 11, with a likely semi-final on November 15 or 16.
The final is due to take place on November 19.
Marsh belongs to one of Australia’s most famous cricket families, the son of ex-Test opener and World Cup winner Geoff and the brother of retired Test batter Shaun.
The siblings won the Ashes together in 2017-18 and enjoyed a memorable moment at the SCG when Marsh reached his century while batting with Shaun.
Marsh spent nearly four years out of the Test side until a successful recall during this year’s Ashes but he has made regular appearances in ODI and T20 internationals throughout his career.
Shaun, Geoff and Mitch Marsh after the 2017-18 Ashes triumph. Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
He stood in as captain when Pat Cummins missed matches in the lead-up to the Cricket World Cup.
News of Marsh’s immediate departure from the squad follows Glenn Maxwell being ruled out of the group clash with England due to concussion.
The veteran batter suffered the head knock when he fell off a golf cart transporting players back to the team bus.
It continues a shocking run of injuries for Maxwell, who broke a leg last November when he slipped while pretending to chase a friend at a birthday party.
Glenn Maxwell has been sidelined by concussion. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Australia’s coach Andrew McDonald expects Maxwell to miss just one game.
“He’s doing fine, he’ll start some light exercises today and we feel as though it will be a reasonably straightforward return to play protocol,” McDonald told reporters in Bengaluru.
“I suppose the fortunate part was there was no other injury sustained which could have been a lot worse than it is.
“It rattled everyone, to be fair, once it came to the conclusion there was a concussion and he was going to miss a game.
“There was nothing untoward in the behaviour throughout the day, it was a clear-cut accident.
“Unfortunately it has compromised what we are doing as a team.”
Maxwell will continue to be assessed ahead of Australia’s match against England on Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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