Left-handed Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, who has played two of Australia’s eight World Cup games so far, has been ruled out from the ongoing tournament in England and Wales with a fractured forearm. Wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb will replace Marsh and it has also been approved by ICC’s technical committee. The right-handed batsman will join the Australian squad for the remainder of the tournament.

Notably, Marsh suffered a fracture on his forearm which will require surgery after being struck while practising in the nets on Thursday at the Old Trafford.

“This is obviously shattering news for Shaun and the squad,” cricket.com.au quoted coach Justin Langer as saying. “Throughout this tournament, his spirit, professionalism and the way he has competed has been typically outstanding.”

“We are right behind Shaun in his recovery and rehabilitation,” he added.

Handscomb, replacement for Marsh, was doing well for his team earlier this year just before the World Cup. But with David Warner and Steven Smith back in the camp after serving their suspensions from the ball-tampering scandal, Handscomb was overlooked by the selectors preferring only one specialist wicketkeeper in Alex Carey.

Apart from Marsh, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also got hit on his right forearm by a Mitchell Starc-snorter. However, to Australia’s luck, the all-rounder has been cleared of any serious damage.

“Glenn Maxwell also underwent scans after he was struck on his right forearm in the nets,” said Langer. “The scans have cleared Glenn of any serious damage and we’ll continue to monitor him over the coming days. We are hopeful he will be fit to perform for us on Saturday against South Africa,” he added.

The five-time champions, Australia, who have already qualified for the semifinals, will play their last group stage game in Manchester against South Africa on 6 July.

(With inputs from IANS)