Mitchell Marsh has not done in two games as an opener in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Australia cannot afford to lose Marsh’s wicket early as he is a quality batter. Also, at times, the middle-order is losing its plot, as well. To fix this, too, Marsh in the middle order could be a solution. However, until Travis Head returns, Australia might have to try a fresh opening combination. On that note, here, we take a look at two players Australia could try as an opener in the next games in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
1) Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis has just not been able to deliver with the bat for the Aussies in the ODI format. It has been a while since he has done well. If this continues, Stoinis could be dropped from the XI, especially because he can be inconsistent with the ball, too.
One option might be to try Stoinis at the top of the order. He has opened the batting in many T20 games in the BBL. Hence, he has the experience to do that. He is decent against new-ball pace bowling and this might work for him. If he comes to form, Australia would have a better balance.
2) Josh Inglis
Josh Inglis is one of the players Australia could try as an opener in the next games in the 2023 ODI World Cup. The more straightforward option would be to ask Josh Inglis to open the batting.
The player replaced Alex Carey against South Africa. He might play the next game, as well. It would not be a bad idea to have him open the batting. Any start that he gives would be a bonus. Also, Inglis taking the risk would allow David Warner to take more time. Even if he loses his wicket early, it may not be a big loss considering Marsh would be in the middle-order.