Aussie U-19 star Jake Fraser-McGurk sent home after attacked by monkey
Australian Under-19 star Jake Fraser-McGurk will return home from the ongoing ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa for precautionary medical treatment after a monkey scratched his face.
Fraser-McGurk, 17, one of the country’s brightest young batting talents, was attacked by a monkey at a nature reserve during a outing with the team after Australia’s victory over England in Kimberley.
Cricket Australia in their explanation said, Fraser-McGurk was advised to have treatment in Australia within seven days of the incident.
“We want to make sure that Jake doesn’t have any ongoing medical concerns as a result of the incident so we have taken the best course of action,” CA’s sports medicine chief Alex Kountouris said.
“This involves the player returning to Australia for the treatment required within the recommended seven days of the incident taking place.
“We expect Jake will be available for selection shortly after he has completed the treatment,” he added.
Fraser admitted that he went dangerously close to the monkey and the animal attacked him abruptly.
“You never like to be leaving the boys with the tournament still in progress,” Fraser-McGurk said.
“But I’m confident we have the team to get the job done in the final two matches.
“I guess it serves me right for getting too close to the animal enclosure. That’s a lesson learned. I look forward to completing the treatment and getting back on the field as soon as possible.
“I’d like to thank all the staff from the nature reserve and Cricket Australia for their care and support,” he said.
Australia will play their next match on Sunday, February 2 against either Pakistan or Afghanistan in Potchefstroom.