Travis Head’s participation at subsequent month’s World Cup has been thrown into uncertainty after the Australian opener fractured his left hand in the course of the fourth ODI in opposition to South Africa. Head was struck on the left glove by a brief supply from Proteas seamer Gerald Coetzee within the seventh over within the fourth ODI in Centurion on Friday.
The 29-year-old confronted three extra deliveries however regarded in discomfort and was pressured to retire damage in Australia’s huge 164-run loss. “It’s a confirmed fracture,” Australia head coach Andrew McDonald mentioned on the post-match convention. Extra scans on Saturday will reveal the extent of the damage.
“He’s going to go in for extra scans tomorrow to get a element of that, then we’ll work out the administration of it from there,” McDonald added. The damage throws Australia’s plans into disarray with solely weeks to go for the World Cup in India, beginning on October 5.
If Head misses the beginning of the World Cup, Mitchell Marsh could possibly be elevated to the opening place given his good run on the high within the collection in opposition to India earlier this 12 months. Nonetheless, ought to Head be dominated out of the event, Australian selectors is likely to be tempted so as to add the in-form Marnus Labuschagne within the squad.
Australia tackle India in Chennai on October 8 of their event opener. The final date to make modifications to the squad is September 28, put up which any modifications would wish approval from the ICC.