Mitchell Marsh    IANS
Mitchell Marsh scored 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs IANS

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of Australia‘s remaining two tests in India with a shoulder injury and will return home, the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. “Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required,” team physio David Beakley was quoted as saying on the Cricket Australia website. Full cricket scorecard: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

“Consequently he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action.” In the first two tests at Pune and Bengaluru, Marsh scored 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs, all of them in the second test. His replacement will be named ahead of the penultimate match of the four-test series in Ranchi, starting on March 16.

He is expected to be replaced by another all-rounder in the squad for the last two matches. Australia already have spin all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in their ranks. Meanwhile, players such as Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright may be under consideration to fill Marsh s space and fly to India for the remainder of the series.

Stoinis has not done well in the ongoing Sheffield Shield 2016-17 as compared to Cartwright. Despite that, Stoinis can be considered because of his stellar performances for Australia in one-dayers against New Zealand. Cartwright has scored 520 runs at 37.14 and picked up 6 wickets from 9 matches.

As reported by ESPNCricinfo, Coach Darren Lehman said that they are yet to decide over Marsh s replacement and added, “Mitch Marsh will go back to Melbourne with his shoulder. We’ll decide in the next day or so the replacement there, and then work out what our best XI is from there. He had the injury through the summer, he was fine when he got here but it just got worse. I was really happy with the way he played the second innings in Pune. It’s unlucky for Mitch and we move to whoever the next person comes in. Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever is selected, we’ll wait and see.”

(With inputs from Reuters.)