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Justin Langer says Mitch Marsh’s injury has an upside

Justin Langer says Mitch Marsh’s injury has an upside

By Rashmi Nanda -

Former Australian cricketers Justin Langer is currently coaching the Western Australia and Perth Scorchers team, who has predicted that Mitch Marsh's shoulder injury will prove to be a boon for him and the Aussie all-rounder will resume cricket faster than thought.

After undergoing surgery on his annoying right shoulder last week, Marsh is set to sidelined from the game for an extended stint. At the start, Marsh was expected to miss at least six to nine months as well doubts on his availability for the Ashes, which is scheduled to play in November.

But Langer feels that the 25-year-old all-rounder is on the way to return earlier than expected. Marsh's sore shoulder is continuously limiting his abilities as his poor form and injuries curbed his progress. If Marsh does not have a shoulder problem then he could have become a world-class all-rounder so far. Langer is confident that Marsh’s injury will prove to be a turning point for him.  

Langer told sbs.com.au, “Hopefully this will be a good thing for him. It will be the first time for a long time he’s got some time to spend at home. Not being on the treadmill of the international circuit, he can get himself fit, and he can do some work on his batting particularly. And also he can play without pain. He’s been in pain for most of the season. It’s unfortunate it got to the point where he needed surgery.”

The all-rounder tried to carry his shoulder injury for most of the summer. The Aussie Test great couldn’t help him but feel a little angry with the Australian selectors who kept playing Marsh despite the soreness. Langer concluded, “I get it, but I don’t get it. I get why Mitch Marsh is such an attractive player for the selectors. I understand he’s got such a good package. But on the other hand, I don’t get it because we know he’s had a sore shoulder for so long.”