Mitchell Marsh left puzzled as ankle scans go missing

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Marsh got injured in SRH’s first game. © BCCI

Mitchell Marsh, whose tryst with injuries continues to hamper his career, has been served a new adversity – a lost X-Ray.

After sustaining an injury in SRH’s very first match of the Indian Premier League 2020, Marsh had to leave the UAE and is currently in Perth, where he appeared in a virtual press conference to reveal that his scans were missing and never reached Cricket Australia.

“We don’t really know what happened with the scans over in the UAE,” said Marsh. “Cricket Australia haven’t been able to get their hands on them, so it’s a bit of a weird situation.”

“I was really looking forward to playing in the IPL, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be this year,” said Marsh. “Hopefully I’ll go for another scan this week if I can get (state) clearance and then we’ll be a lot clearer on what we’re dealing with.”

Marsh admits that he was frustrated with the timing of the injury in the first match of the IPL, and cites a stubborn set of spikes as the root cause behind it.

“I’ve tried to dive for the ball like that probably a thousand times in my career. My spikes just got caught in the wicket. It’s just one of those really frustrating injuries.”

Marsh has had a history with injuries – some unlucky, like those on his right shoulder, left ankle and his obliques, and some self-inflicted, like his broken arm after an attempt to punch a wall after a dismissal in Shield cricket.

However, Shield cricket may well be a blessing in disguise for him, given that Marsh is confident of not needing another surgery, and may therefore lead Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield after he recovers.

“At this stage, I’m hoping I can get back for at least one Shield game. Right now I’m getting stuck into my rehab and doing everything I can to be fully fit, whenever that is.”

Marsh played some key innings in Australia’s limited overs tour of England, and will be hoping to carry the good form into the domestic competition as well. A good Sheffield Shield run, however brief, could play a role in catching the eye of the selectors for a place in the squad for the home Test series against India in December.

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