Mitch Marsh’s Australian teammates wear black armbands for Cricket World Cup in honour of his grandfather

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Australian players wore black armbands during their World Cup match against England on Saturday in a moving tribute to teammate Mitch Marsh.

Marsh flew to Perth last week due to the ill health of his maternal grandfather Ross, who died on Friday.

His teammates all wore the bracelets in his memory. Marsh and his cousin Austin, the son of Mitch’s brother Shaun, both share the middle name Ross.

An emotional Marsh landed in Perth on Thursday and told he would definitely return.

“I’ll definitely be back,” he said.

Cricket Australia has confirmed that the 32-year-old will fly back to India and is expected to rejoin the squad on Sunday.

Camera iconMitch Marsh is expected to play against Afghanistan on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The team has indicated that he will be available to play against Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Fellow all-rounder Glen Maxwell is also in line for selection after recovering from a freak golf cart accident in which he suffered a blow to the head.

Maxwell watched the 33-run win over their Ashes foes from the dugout.

‘I’ve got Maxi and Mitchy, who will be back at some point. They have had great tournaments so far, so we feel like we have a whole squad that can come out and perform when needed,” Cummins told the host broadcaster after the game.

“Everyone is desperate to play so we will struggle to pick a team next week.”

Marcus Stoinis (1-34, 35 runs) and Cameron Green (47 runs, did not bowl) came into the side as replacements, but are expected to make way for the returning trio on Tuesday.

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