Australia opener Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the second Test, and possibly the series, with a broken finger.
Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson are added to an extended 13-man squad as Marsh is scheduled for surgery. The Australia batsman scored 65 and 15 in his side’s 177-run defeat to the Proteas, and his presence up top will be missed in the second Test in Hobart.
According to their team’s physio, David Beakley, it was the same broken finger which kept Marsh out of the ODI series in South Africa.
‘Shaun re-injured his left little finger on day one while fielding,’ said Barkley.
‘Subsequent x-rays have shown a similar break to the previous one and he will now require surgery to stabilise the bone fragment.
‘At this stage, all going according to plan, we expect Shaun to be available for selection during the Pakistan Test series.’
There is a question mark over Adam Voges’ fitness too after the wicketkeeper-batsman strained his hamstring during South Africa’s second innings. The veteran left the field to get the area strapped and returned 15 minutes later, playing the remainder of the match.
Burns has 12 Tests to his name and has scored 872 runs including three hundred’s and four half-centuries. Ferguson, is yet to play a Test match for his country, but does have international experience, having played 30 ODIs at a respectable average of 41.43.
The second Test will begin on Saturday.
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