28 Feb 2010

Marsh to miss ODI series in New Zealand

1:16 pm on 28 February 2010

Opening batsman Shaun Marsh will miss Australia's one-day international cricket series in New Zealand because of ongoing back problems.

Australia's two-match Twenty20 series against the Black Caps concludes tonight in Christchurch with a five-game ODI series starting in Napier on Wednesday.

Marsh injured his back during the warm-up for the third ODI against the West Indies in Sydney on February 12th.

His fellow West Australian Mike Hussey took Marsh's place in the T20 squad.

The injury to Marsh leaves Australia with only 13 players in their squad for the Chappell-Hadlee Series, although T20 specialist opener David Warner is in excellent form and must be a chance to win a recall to the ODI squad.

Members of the ODI squad not participating in the T20 series are due to arrive in Napier today.... they include Test and ODI skipper Ricky Ponting, Doug Bollinger, James Hopes, Clint McKay and Adam Voges.

T20 squad members Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, Travis Birt, Daniel Christian and David Hussey are scheduled to return to Australia after today's second T20 clash.