Marsh and Coulter-Nile to miss remainder of tour
CRICKET: Australia has been struck with a double injury blow ahead of tomorrow night's fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.
Batsman Shaun Marsh has been ruled out for the rest of the tour after breaking a finger fielding in Sunday's third ODI, which the visitors won by two wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
"Shaun suffered an injury to his left little finger whilst fielding,” team physio David Beakley said. "An x-ray after the match confirmed a fracture and Shaun will now return to Perth to allow time for this to heal.”
Marsh will be replaced by Usman Khawaja for next week's two Twenty20 internationals.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, meanwhile, is facing a lengthy spell out after being diagnosed with a bone stress injury to his back.
The West Australian paceman was sent home last week, also ruling him out of the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour.
"After returning to Australia, Nathan underwent an MRI scan, which has unfortunately revealed a lumbar bone stress injury in his lower back,” Beakley said. "He will now enter a lengthy rehabilitation period with his return to play to be determined in due course.”
This latest setback comes on top of a string of problems for Coulter-Nile, 28, who suffered a dislocated right shoulder in December, which followed a left shoulder injury. He also endured hamstring injuries to both legs.