Mitch Marsh scrambling for a flight as injury ends his IPL campaign
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Mitch Marsh scrambling for a flight as injury ends his IPL campaign

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Injured Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh will return home from the Indian Premier League but flight and quarantine factors have meant there are issues to resolve before he can get on a plane.

Marsh, 28, hurt his ankle in his follow-through while bowling in Sunrisers Hyderabad's opening match in the United Arab Emirates on Monday night and scans confirmed his tournament was over.

Mitch Marsh is hoping to get back to Australia as soon as possible, but commercial flights are thin on the ground.

Mitch Marsh is hoping to get back to Australia as soon as possible, but commercial flights are thin on the ground. Credit:Getty Images

Where he typically would have left Dubai for his home port of Perth as soon as possible, COVID-19 restrictions have made logistics tough to organise.

Cricket Australia was in discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the IPL on Thursday trying to resolve the issue.

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The 19 Australian players in the IPL – including Marsh – are due to head back on a chartered flight once the tournament concludes on November 10 and quarantine in Adelaide for a fortnight. But Marsh may now have to find a commercial option – and there are few flights available as a result of the shutdown in the aviation industry because of the pandemic.

He is keen to head directly home but, under the Western Australian government's restrictions, will need to be an "exempt traveller" and quarantine for 14 days. However, he may yet have to quarantine at The Adelaide Oval hotel for a fortnight and then head to Perth, where he would have to quarantine for another fortnight.

CA does not know the full extent of the injury but a spokesman said Marsh had started his rehabilitation and this would continue when he arrived home.

It's hoped the injury heals in time for him to return through the Sheffield Shield campaign and retain his spot in Australia's white-ball teams for a series of three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals against India.

CA has yet to confirm the dates of those matches but they are set to be held from late November and through early December in Brisbane before the heavyweight four-Test series begins in Adelaide.

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Marsh's importance to the ODI side was shown this month when he made 73 and helped Australia to victory in the opening clash against England in Manchester.

The Perth Scorchers captain has had a wretched run with injury, having had ankle and shoulder problems, and he broke his hand while punching a wall at the WACA last summer.

Marsh played the last of his 32 Tests in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval last year but the need for an extended squad this summer because of bio-security restrictions means he is seen as all but a lock for a call-up.

The Sheffield Shield season is slated to begin on October 10, with all states having their initial three or four matches in a hub in South Australia.

As the Victorian players will have to quarantine for a fortnight in South Australia, the Vics and New South Wales have postponed their opening match until November 17.

CA said it was planning to have the remaining matches of the Sheffield Shield, the men's domestic one-day series, the Women’s National Cricket League and the under-19 female and male national championships in 2021.

2020-21 SHEFFIELD SHIELD FIXTURE

Round 1

October 10-13: South Australia v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 10-13: Queensland v Tasmania, Park 25

November 17-20: New South Wales v Victoria, venue TBC

Round 2

October 19-22: South Australia v Tasmania, Karen Rolton Oval

October 19-22: Western Australia v Queensland, Park 25

October 22-25: Victoria v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval No. 2

Round 3

October 30-November 2: New South Wales v Western Australia, Karen Rolton Oval

October 30-November 2: Victoria v Tasmania, Park 25

October 30-November 2: South Australia v Queensland, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

Round 4

November 8-11: Queensland v Victoria, Karen Rolton Oval

November 8-11: Western Australia v Tasmania, Park 25

November 8-11: South Australia v NSW, ACH Group Stadium, Glenelg

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