Travis Head’s participation at subsequent month’s Planet Cup has been thrown into uncertainty right after the Australian opener fractured his left hand through the fourth ODI against South Africa. Head was struck on the left glove by a brief delivery from Proteas seamer Gerald Coetzee in the seventh more than in the fourth ODI in Centurion on Friday.
The 29-year-old faced 3 far more deliveries but looked in discomfort and was forced to retire hurt in Australia’s huge 164-run loss. “It’s a confirmed fracture,” Australia head coach Andrew McDonald stated at the post-match conference. A lot more scans on Saturday will reveal the extent of the injury.
“He’s going to go in for far more scans tomorrow to get a detail of that, then we’ll perform out the management of it from there,” McDonald added. The injury throws Australia’s plans into disarray with only weeks to go for the Planet Cup in India, beginning on October five.
If Head misses the get started of the Planet Cup, Mitchell Marsh could be elevated to the opening position provided his superior run at the prime in the series against India earlier this year. On the other hand, need to Head be ruled out of the tournament, Australian selectors may possibly be tempted to add the in-kind Marnus Labuschagne in the squad.
Australia take on India in Chennai on October eight in their tournament opener. The final date to make modifications to the squad is September 28, post which any modifications would want approval from the ICC.