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Mitch Marsh pulled out of Sri Lanka ODIs

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016 Will Knight

The failed Sri Lankan Test tour has taken its toll on Mitch Marsh, who has been withdrawn from Australia's one-day squad for the upcoming five-match series.

Cricket Australia announced on Thursday the allrounder would return to Australia to recuperate before the ODI series in South Africa starting at the end of September.

Marsh won't be replaced, meaning the tourists will carry a 15-man squad for the series that starts on Sunday at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Although Marsh looked one of the more-comfortable batsmen against the spinning ball, he still struggled to break through for a big score in the 3-0 Test series whitewash.

He made 53 and nine in the 163-run loss in the third Test in Colombo that finished on Wednesday to take his series tally to a modest 163 runs at an average of 27.16.

He only faced 227 balls and bowled just 35 overs in the Test series.

However, his workload in the past has often been carefully managed because of his susceptibility to injury and there's a busy international schedule coming up.

After the ODIs in South Africa, Australia host the Proteas in a three-match Test series, Pakistan in three Tests and a number of limited-overs matches in between.

The West Australian is regarded as a key figure across all formats when fit and firing.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann wants Marsh to rest up.

"It's a big summer ahead for him," Lehmann said in Colombo.

"We've obviously got some quality allrounders in our one-day squad anyway, so we get a chance to freshen him up and ready to go for South Africa and moving forward."

Marsh's absence means Australia will still have two allrounders - James Faulkner and Moises Henriques - to use in Sri Lanka.

Australia's ODI squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Travis Head, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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