South African opener Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the remaining Test series against England as he sustained Fracture on his fourth left finger, as confirmed by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday.
Markram is set to undergo the surgery and would at least require six weeks to recover, as a result, he has been ruled out of the remainder of the 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.
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 a Test match ready.” CSA’s chief medical officer Dr. Shuaib Manjra said in an official statement.
The opener suffered a blow to his hand on the second day of the first test match against England at Centurion.
England had won the toss and put the hosts to bat first. South Africa got all-out in the first innings on 284 runs as Quinton de Kock scored 95 runs. England team was bundled out on 181 runs in their first innings handing the lead of 103 runs to South Africa.
As of now, South Africa has a lead of 319 runs with a score of 216-7 on the board in the second innings. Quinton de Kock (33*) and Vernon Philander (21*) are still on the crease as they look to take the lead further.
But for Aiden Markram, it is a huge setback as he would, unfortunately, miss the rest of the series against England. Markram had only just recovered from a broken wrist that he sustained when he thumped the changing room wall after being dismissed for a pair of ducks in the second Test in India last October.