Marlon Sameuls may miss ODI series against Australia due to injury

Marlon Samuels edged a delivery from Lasith Malinga onto his face through the grill of his helmet and injured his eye © AFP

Melbourne: Jan 8, 2013

West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels, who suffered an eye injury in the Big Bash League, may be unavailable for the ODI series against Australia in February.

Samuels suffered a swelling and bruising around his eye after edging a ball from Lasith Malinga onto his face through the grill of his helmet on Sunday night. He is set to miss the remainder of the season in the Big Bash League and has been adviced not to fly for a month.

West Indies are set to play five ODIs against Australia with the first match on February 1 at Perth. Samuels’ recent injury has put him in doubt for the entire Australian summer, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The full extent of his injury is yet to be determined but he has been advised to stay still due to the fear of bursting a blood vessel around his eye.

Meanwhile, the Melbourne Renegades have replaced Samuels with England batsman Alex Hales.

“It’s extremely disappointing to lose Marlon in these circumstances and we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery,” Renegades coach Simon Helmot said.