Aiden Markram ruled out of Test series
While batting on day two of the Boxing Day Test, Markram hurt his fourth finger of the left hand. He will be in need of surgery to repair the sustained fracture that affected the distal joint of his left ring finger and is expected to be absent for at least six weeks.
Dr Shuaib Manjra, the CSA chief medical officer, said, “After consulting with a number of hand specialists yesterday we arrived at a decision that the best outcome would be achieved through surgical reduction and fixation. This would mean him, unfortunately, missing the rest of the series against England.”
Markram scored 20 and 2 in two innings of South Africa in the first Test against England.
“We feel for Aiden who worked extremely hard to come through his previous hand fracture sustained in India to be Test match ready,” Manjra added.
The uncapped Pieter Malan will likely debut in place of Markram for the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town.
#BreakingNews Proteas opening batsman, Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against England after sustaining a fracture to his fourth left finger.The injury will require surgery and will remove him from play for at least six weeks.#SAvENG #Thread pic.twitter.com/zLwfwL4Fhu
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