South Africa National Cricket Team have suffered a massive blow with their regular opener Aiden Markram ruled out of the Test series against England with a fractured finger. Markram sustained the bump on his fourth finger during the ongoing Boxing Day Test match against England at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The incident took place during day two of the Test match which is currently underway in Centurion. He will undergo surgery early next week and will require a minimum of six weeks to recover fully and return to the field. Notably, Aiden Markram has only just returned to fitness after fracturing his right wrist punching a “solid object” during the recent Test tour of India.
#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
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 28, 2019
Cricket South Africa’s Chief Medical Officer Shuaib Manjra extended his thoughts with the struggling cricketer. He also termed the event as extremely unfortunate considering that Aiden Markram had worked extremely hard to recover and make himself available for the ongoing Test series.
“Aiden sustained a fracture affecting the distal joint of his left ring finger. 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,” Cricket South Africa Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra said.
“This would mean him, unfortunately, missing the rest of the series 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,” he added.
Speaking of the game, the Test match is evenly poised with South Africa leading by 175 runs in the second innings with six wickets in hand. With three days still to play, the fans will undoubtedly expect a result in the Test match.