Markram out of England series due to fractured finger
South Africa opener Aiden Markram will miss the rest of the Test series against England due to a fractured finger.
Markram requires surgery on his fourth left finger after suffering the injury on day two of the first Test in Centurion.
In a statement on Saturday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Markram would miss at least six weeks, with surgery scheduled for early next week.
"Aiden sustained a fracture affecting the distal joint of his left ring finger," CSA chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said.
#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
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"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. 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."
Markram made 20 in the first innings and fell for two in the second as South Africa were reduced to 72-4, leading England by 175 runs in the opening Test of four.Published 28 Dec 2019, 13:04 IST