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WA’s Mitch Marsh in race to be fit for Perth Scorchers’ Big Bash League campaign

Allrounder Mitch Marsh will return as a batter-only once he recovers from his ankle injury but it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for the start of the BBL season.

Marsh suffered a syndesmosis injury to his right ankle while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League last month.

Although the injury will not require surgery, Marsh will be in a moon boot for the next few weeks and a return-to-play date is yet to be set.

The 28-year-old faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the BBL season, which is due to get underway in early December.

Mitch Marsh injured his right ankle during an IPL match.
Camera IconMitch Marsh injured his right ankle during an IPL match. Credit: Twitter

When Marsh does return it is likely to be as a batter-only until he can further build up his fitness.

“You’d think Mitch returns as a batter to begin with,” Western Australia coach Adam Voges said.

“Then depending on what format of the game it is, it may dictate how long it is before he returns to the bowling crease.”

Marsh had set himself up for a big summer after working his way back into Australia’s Test, ODI and T20 squads.

The injury setback means the WA skipper will now need to build a solid case for selection all over again.

“He did a mountain of work during the pre-season,” Voges said.

“He was back in the Australian team and played a key role over in England in the white-ball tour. It’s not great timing.

“The good news is he doesn’t require surgery and hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later.”

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