Shaun Marsh. @ Getty Images
Shaun Marsh. @ Getty Images

Shaun Marsh, who had a terrible outing against Pakistan in the UAE, was ruled out of the first ODI against South Africa on Sunday due to a buttock abscess which requires minor surgery.

Cricket Australia did not divulge any details, but it looks likely that Marsh, Australia’s in-form ODI batsman, who registered two centuries in England earlier this year, would make it for the second ODI on November 9 at the Adelaide Oval. Marsh made way for D’Arcy Short for the opening ODI.

Meanwhile, Marsh, who scored 14 runs in the two Tests against Pakistan, is struggling to hold his spot in the Test side. The southpaw has also registered 10 ducks. However, Marsh had the backing of coach Justin Langer, who said that the elder of the Marsh brothers is a key part in their one-day plans.

Marsh had scored 80 and 98 for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield for last week against Tasmania.