Mitch Marsh has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for the series against India.
(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Mitch Marsh has been left out of the Australian ODI squad for the series against India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Three heads roll in Aussie ODI squad

Mitch Marsh is among three Aussie stars to have lost their place in the Aussie ODI squad, named on Thursday for this month's limited overs series in India.

Marsh, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake have all been overlooked in a squad that has included several bolters, highlighted by Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson.

D'Arcy Short has also been recalled to Australia's ODI squad, with Shaun Marsh set to miss the first half of next month's series against India.

Marsh will remain in Perth for the birth of his second child but is expected to be available for the third of five ODIs, allowing Short to stake his claims for World Cup selection.

Marsh was selected in the Aussie ODI squad which fell 2-1 to India earlier this year, but was not selected for any of those matches.

"Peter Siddle and Mitch Marsh are unfortunate to miss out, but our message throughout the summer remains true, with such a big schedule ahead opportunities may well present themselves," selector Trevor Hohns said.

Injured quick Mitchell Starc is a notable omission from the 16-man squad for the tour which begins on February 24 with two T20 internationals.

Cricket Australia announced on Thursday Starc has a "substantial" pectoral injury.

"Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra," Hohns said.


"This means he will be unavailable for the Tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI Series against Pakistan in the UAE in March."

The star quick, who snared 10 wickets for the match, is targeting a return during Australia's ODI series against Pakistanin the UAE in late March.

Pat Cummins will lead Australia's attack in the absence of Starc and Josh Hazlewood, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his back.

Cummins will serve alongside Alex Carey as joint vice-captain and his return to ODI duties has squeezed out towering quick Billy Stanlake.

West Australian pacemen Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson have been retained along with incumbent spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa.

Selectors have largely backed in the batsmen that faced India on home soil last month, retaining Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell and overlooking Travis Head and Chris Lynn.

The squad to face Pakistan will be named in the later stages of the Indian tour. It remains to be seen whether it will include David Warner, who is recovering from elbow surgery ahead of his 12-month ban expiring on March 29.


Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D'Arcy Short* (*injury cover for Marsh)

- with AAP