New Delhi:Five-time World Cup champion team Australia has suffered a major setback. Opener Travis Head has been ruled out of the first half of the next World Cup. The Australian batsman suffered a fracture in his left hand during the fourth ODI against South Africa. Australia head coach Andrew McDonald has confirmed that Head will not require surgery but will take time to recover, ruling him out of the first half of the tournament. We may have to make changes to our 15-member squad but we cannot tell the exact time when they will return. Marnus Labuschagne is being considered as a possible replacement for Travis Head. Labuschagne has impressed a lot with his performance but he did not get a place in the World Cup team. The head coach believes that Labuschagne’s comeback is possible. He said that we know Marnus Labuschagne is a great player and probably has 12-18 months in ODI cricket. Not consistent. But there is no doubt that they will take advantage of the opportunity with both hands. Labuschagne has made a lot of changes in his batting and has put pressure on the bowlers.
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Before the next World Cup, the Australian team has to play a three-match ODI series against India. The ODI series between India and Australia will be played from September 22. After this, the Kangaroo team will play two practice matches and then try to win the title in the World Cup 2023.