Mitchell Marsh’s Perspective on Australia’s Player Shortage Issue

Due to a short turnaround time between the IPL and the international showcase, Australia is facing a player shortage and may have to employ support workers as substitute fielders in the warm-up games of next month’s T20 World Cup. 
 
Australia’s two warm-up matches are scheduled for Trinidad, where they will play the West Indies on Friday and Namibia on Wednesday. However, just eight players may be available for the two matches since the majority will be taking a break after competing in the IPL playoffs.
 
“We won’t have enough personnel. It is, however, a practice game. Captain Mitchell Marsh, who is doubtful to play against Namibia due to a hamstring injury, said, “The guys who need to play will play as much as they can, and we’ll figure it out from there.”
 
Three players—Travis Head, Pat Cummins, and player of the match Mitchell Starc—were on the two teams that played in the IPL finals that ended on Sunday night between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
In addition to the aforementioned trio, Marcus Stoinis of the Lucknow Super Giants is anticipated to arrive in Trinidad only following the Namibia practice match, and Cameron Green and Glenn Maxwell of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru will only reunite with the World Cup squad by the end of the week in Barbados.
 
After Australia plays Oman in their opening encounter of the competition on June 5, traveling reserves Jake Fraser-McGurk and Matt Short will also be joining.
 
Being adaptable is crucial. A lot of cricket has been played by the guys who attended the IPL. We made it a priority to give them a few days off so they could spend time with their families, rest, and prepare for this tournament,” Marsh stated. 
 
“We will get our 15 (all together) eventually, but it’s really important that we give them a break; even if it’s just a couple of days at home, that’s really important.” Players must be citizens of the nation they are representing in order to compete in the warm-up games, as per ICC regulations.

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