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Carnage In The Nets As Aussie Batsman Breaks Arm At Cricket World Cup

Friendly fire just got pretty darned unfriendly.

A very fiery net session has seen two Aussie batsmen injured ahead of Australia's final Cricket World Cup pool match against South Africa this weekend.

Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell were both struck on the forearm by Aussie pacemen Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc respectively.

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Maxwell was cleared of any serious damage and is fine to play this weekend, but Marsh, the 35-year-old veteran of the team, copped a particularly tough knock which fractured his forearm.

"This is obviously shattering news for Shaun and the squad," coach Justin Langer said, making a pun he very likely did not intend.

"Throughout this tournament, his spirit, professionalism and the way he has competed has been typically outstanding."

Marsh played two games for Australia in this tournament, making scores of just 23 and 3, and was unable to regain his spot in the first XI. His place in the squad will be taken by Peter Handscomb.

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The Aussies currently sit atop the World Cup table.

If they beat South Africa, they will almost certainly face New Zealand in a quarter-final. Lose and they'll likely play England -- although that depends on the result of the India vs Sri Lanka match, which will also be played on Saturday.