Fast-bowler Mitchell Starc will sit out the third One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan at Perth on Thursday and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will miss the remainder of the five-match series after aggravating his shoulder injury, Cricket Australia announced after the end of the second ODI at Melbourne.
Marcus Stoinis, who has played just 50-over contest at the international level, has been named as the all-rounder’s replacement.
Marsh’s injury came in the wake of him being named for the tour of India.
"He has got an ongoing issue with his shoulder and we're giving him some time off to get that right," Australian Captain Steven Smith said.
"He could be a very key player for us in India and he hasn't been able to bowl the speeds he would like. We know how important air-speed is in India, especially with the ball reversing, so we need to be able to get that right."
The Australians also had to take middle-order batsman Chris Lynn off the squad due to his neck injury. Lynn’s absence may hand Peter Handscomb an ODI debut after the Victorian was named as the former’s replacement. Handscomb passed 50-run mark thrice — which include his maiden century during the first innings at Gabba and 110 at Sydney — during his side’s 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan.
Pakistan came back from behind at the famous MCG to level the series 1-1 under their makeshift captain Mohammad Hafeez.