Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram. Credit: Getty Images

South Africa opener Aiden Markram will miss the third and the final Test of the ongoing series against India with a wrist injury. This will be a major jolt for the Proteas ahead of the third Test starting from October 19 (Saturday) in Ranchi.

Meanwhile, the visitors are 2-0 down in the series and they need a humongous effort to salvage some pride in the last match of the tour. However, the injury of Markram will be a massive setback for the Faf du Plessis-led side.

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Aiden Markram sustained an injury after lashing out at a solid object in frustration, after the dismissal in the second innings of the Pune Test which will rule him out of the match. Although Markram has not been in the best of form but is one of South Africa’s senior cricketer on whom they would have relied to pull back one in the series.

“A CT scan of Aiden Markram’s wrist showed a fracture involving the wrist bones,” team doctor Hashendra Ramjee said in a press release. “The medical team has therefore ruled him out of the next Test match against India,” he added.

The 25-year-old Markram bagged a pair in the second Test in Pune where South Africa went down by an innings and 137 runs. So far, he has managed to score 44 runs in the series with the highest score of 39. Aiden Markram has struggled against the spinners especially Ravichandran Ashwin.

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Aiden Markram Ruled Out Of The Third Test Against India
Zubayr Hamza. Credit: BCCI

The 24-year-old young batsman Zubayr Hamza is likely to replace injured Markram in the final Test, Hamza so far has played only one Test against Pakistan and there will be immense pressure on the young batsman.

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South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis spoke of putting a better show in the last outing while India will hope to keep their winning run going and inflict a whitewash over the visitors to keep their winning run going in the ICC World Test Championship.

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