Shaun Marsh has sustained a hamstring injury, which may rule him out of the opening Test against the Proteas in Perth.
The Australian batsman, who has played 18 Tests and scored 1 247 at an average of 40.22, picked up the injury while batting for Western Australia against Tasmania in a Matador Cup match on Saturday.
A WACA spokesman said Marsh will return to Perth, ‘where he will undergo rehabilitation with a view to being available for selection for the first Test against South Africa at the WACA Ground next month.’
After scoring a century on his recall to the Test team in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo in August, Marsh looked set to reprise his role in top order for Australia in the SA series. It is expected that Usman Khawaja will be recalled for the opener in Perth along with Joe Burns, who lost out to Marsh in the initial team selection.
The first Test will take place in Perth on November 3.
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