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Mitch Marsh suffers moderate side strain

Star allrounder Mitch Marsh won’t be able to bowl for the remainder of the BBL season, but the Perth Scorchers are hopeful he can return as a batter in the latter stages.

Marsh suffered a moderate grade strain on his left side just three balls into his first over in Tuesday’s nine-wicket thumping of Hobart.

No timeline has been set on Marsh’s return, but the 29-year-old will fly to Canberra on Thursday alongside his Scorchers teammates ahead of Saturday night’s clash with the Sydney Sixers at Manuka Oval.

There are just 16 days before the finals begin, giving Marsh very little margin for error in plotting a return this season.

“Mitch will begin a short rehabilitation period and return as a batter when ready later in the tournament,” WACA sports science manager Nick Jones said.

“We do not expect Mitch will be ready to return as a bowler for the remainder of the BBL.”

The Scorchers have won five games on the trot to surge to title favourites and are set to be bolstered by the return of NZ star Colin Munro from a minor quad injury.

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