BBL11: Coach Adam Voges confident hamstring injury won’t stop Mitch Marsh from playing in final
Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges is confident star Mitch Marsh will be available for Friday night’s BBL final despite the allrounder carrying a hamstring injury.
Marsh did not field in the Scorchers’ 48-run win over the Sydney Sixers in Saturday’s The Qualifier after sustaining the injury while batting in their first innings.
The 30-year-old is set for scans on Monday which would determine his availability for Friday night’s bumper clash against the winner of Wednesday’s The Challenger between the Sydney Sixers and Adelaide Strikers.
Marsh has been one of the players of the tournament despite suiting up for just seven games because of international duties, having scored an incredible 342 runs at an average of 68.40 and strike rate of 147.41.
Fast bowler Andrew Tye and Marsh were named in the BBL team of the tournament on Monday after fantastic campaigns.
Going against the Scorchers is Marsh’s history of soft tissue injuries which has hampered his career to date.
Voges remained confident his star allrounder would be available as they chase a record fourth BBL title.
“There’s a slight nervousness... they’re going to have to cut it off for him to not play, but even then he’ll probably still get up,” Voges told SEN.
“He’ll play, I’m really confident of that. I think the scans will show whether he’s able to bowl or not.
“Going into a final, if you ask him, he’ll be able to do everything absolutely fine. So we’ll just see how the week pans out.
“It was very precautionary to leave him off the field the other night, he’s been our best player, he’s been outstanding for us and we were just making sure... we were going to give him as much rest as we possibly could before the final on Friday.”
Perth are yet to find out when they will be allowed home after Premier Mark McGowan flipped on his decision to open the borders on February 5.
“We’re hopeful we can still get home on the 5th and that’ll mean two weeks quarantine,” Voges said.
“There’s starting to be some more cases in Perth and WA of Omicron, so what actually happens over the next few weeks, I’m not too sure.
“We’re still hopeful to get home, do some quarantine, get some training in and finish the rest of the domestic season.
“It’s the great unknown. We’ll just continue to focus on this week, really enjoy the week, the boys have earned that.”
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