The Australian selectors decided to give rest to the Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the 2nd ODI against India in Brisbane, which will be held on 15th January. As a result, Mitchell will get an extra day’s rest at his home in Perth; where the 1st ODI is also playing cricket currently. He will join the team in Melbourne before the third ODI. Third ODI will be played on 17th January.
Rod Marsh, the selection chairman said, “Mitch is a tremendous asset to Australian cricket and we are conscious of managing his workload and his travel, especially with so much cricket to come during the rest of this summer and beyond. By taking this decision, we have opted to give him an extra day at home in Perth after match one, before he flies to Melbourne on Thursday to prepare for Sunday’s third match of the series.”
Another Australian all-rounder John Hastings will replace Mitchell Marsh only for the 2nd ODI. The right-handed batsman and right-arm fast medium represented 13 ODIs for his national side. He last time played for Australia during the England tour in 2015.
Rod Marsh said about Hastings, “In John Hastings we have a high-quality replacement, a player who has been in excellent form for the Melbourne Stars in the ongoing BBL. John also showed his quality with a match-winning spell of 3 for 21 in the decisive one-day international of the series against England in Manchester in September, so we know what he can do if called upon.”
Hastings is in the squad for just the 2nd ODI. But Rod marsh said that Hastings may be retained his place in the squad if any bowlers get the injury during the first two matches.
Rod Marsh stated, “At this stage John will be with the squad only for game two but should we suffer any injuries to our bowlers in either Perth or Brisbane then we may look at retaining his services for longer.”