Ashton Turner has been called up as cover for Mitchell Marsh for Australia's first one-day international against India after the all-rounder was hospitalised for an illness.
Marsh has reportedly spent two days in hospital with gastritis and was ruled out for the first ODI on Saturday, 12 January, in Sydney.
Justin Langer, the coach, confirmed on Thursday that Marsh would be monitored before deciding on his availability for the final two matches in Adelaide (15 January) and Melbourne (18 January).
Turner, 25, is a right-hand batsman who bowls some off-spin. While he is uncapped in ODIs, he has played three Twenty20 Internationals for Australia. As stand-in captain for Perth Scorchers, he has been in good form in the Big Bash League, with three 40-plus scores this year.
The most recent one, an unbeaten 43 in 22 balls against Melbourne Stars on Wednesday, took his side over the line with a six-wicket win.
Langer said Turner's ability to finish an innings and his quick running between the wickets worked in his favour.
He can finish the innings off well, an elite athlete in the field and he's also a captain
"I remember when Mike Hussey came into Australian cricket, the thing that almost got him a shot in the one-day side was his running between his wickets," Langer told reporters. "That might sound like the dumbest thing you've ever heard but you watch Ashton Turner, the way he runs between wickets is unbelievable.
"He's such a great athlete, it puts so much pressure [on the opposition]."
One of the "hallmarks" of the best Australian teams was their running, Langer said, adding that he was "very excited" to see Turner come in. "It's a basic [skill] but we've also been talking about getting players who can finish off innings and he's shown that in what we can go off in Big Bash cricket, he's in great form.
"He can finish the innings off well, an elite athlete in the field and he's also a captain. You see the way he finishes off an innings that he's a good thinker of the game like most of the great finishes and a really good leader, good person around the group."
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