Mitchell Marsh will join back up with the Australia squad at the World Cup in Mumbai on Sunday evening, after missing their game against England in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
ESPNcricinfo revealed on Thursday that Marsh had returned home for personal reasons. Australia’s players wore black armbands during the England game as a mark of respect for Marsh’s grandfather, Ross, who passed away on Friday evening.
Australia’s next fixture is at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, where they play semi-final contenders Afghanistan. Cricket Australia confirmed that Marsh is likely to be available for selection.
Marsh has scored 225 runs across six innings at this World Cup including one century – 121 against Pakistan in Bengaluru – and one half-century, 52 against Sri Lanka in Lucknow. He started the tournament opening the batting alongside David Warner but shifted to No. 3 when Travis Head returned from injury.
Pat Cummins, Australia’s captain, described Marsh as one of the “star players of the tournament” on Friday and said that he had “got in my mind the main XI” that he hopes to pick when Australia have a full squad of 15 players available to them, having been riddled with injuries over the past four weeks.
Glenn Maxwell, who missed the England game after suffering a concussion due to losing his grip on a moving golf buggy, is also expected to be available against Afghanistan and has trained with the rest of the squad at the Narendra Modi Stadium this week.
Australia’s main conundrum could be whether or not Marnus Labuschagne, who top-scored against England on Saturday with 71, should retain his place. Labuschagne was omitted from Australia’s initial World Cup squad in August but has featured in all 15 of their ODIs since.