Australian bowling all-rounder flew home after suffering a shoulder injury during the second Test in Bengaluru of the ongoing four-match Border-Gavaskar series and may further require around nine months to gain complete fitness after the reconstructive shoulder surgery.
After the initial scans revealed he would be out of action for nine months, Marsh will undergo further diagnosis which will be conducted by a specialist team in Melbourne – to decide on his return to the international circuit.
“Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer,” Australian physiotherapist David Beakley was quoted as saying by Yahoo Seven.
The reports further suggested, the Perth-born Marsh may miss out much-awaited Ashes series which is scheduled in Brisbane in November this year.
The first Test of the Ashes series will kick start from November 23 at the Gabba.
However, the Australian media reported, Marsh’s injury is seen worse as he might require a full season to gain full fitness – to return to the field and bowl with full speed.
The 25-year-old had a dismal show in India in first two Tests in Pune and Bengaluru where he went wicketless in five overs and scored 48 runs in four innings.
“We have been managing (it) up until now but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required,” Beakley added.
Earlier, in the home season, Marsh was also struggling with his shoulder before being ruled out for the remainder of the Test series in India when Marcus Stoinis was called as a replacement for Marsh.
Australian Head Coach Darren Lehmann in his earlier statement expressed he wanted to see Marsh play for the national side for the longer period of time in the Test format.
“We would like him to bat for longer periods in Test matches … but when you’re a multi-format player you don’t get too many opportunities (to play State cricket),” Lehmann revealed.
Earlier, Marsh was seen as the best bowling all-rounder for Australia, but he failed to provide impetus to the national side particularly in the longer format.
After making his Test debut in later quarter of 2014, the Western Australian Marsh has played 21 Tests in which he has picked 29 wickets and scored 674 at an average of 21.76 which includes two fifties.