AUS vs SA: There comes a major blow for the Australian team as their star all-rounder Cameron Green will miss New Year Test in Sydney against South Africa due to a fractured finger. Scans revealed that Green sustained a minor fracture to his index finger on his right hand which will make him unavailable to bowl for the rest of the Boxing day Test. However, CA confirmed that Green could bat in the remaining second Test against South Africa.
The incident happened during the AUS vs SA 2nd Test when Green was struck hard on his finger by Anrich Nortje’s delivery late in the second day’s play of the Melbourne Test on Tuesday, December 27. Immediately after sustaining the injury, Nortje was attended by team physios who subsequently termed him retired hurt. Green was the second player to leave the field as retired hurt after opener David Warner walked off the field complaining of cramps. However, Warner left the field only after registering a double century.
AUS vs SA: Injury to Cameron Green is a major concern for the Australian Team
Green’s unavailability is a major jolt for Australia’s winning plans in Boxing day Test despite having an upper hand over the visitors. Mitchell Starc is already nursing his finger injury while fielding on the Opening Day Test. And now Green’s injury further aggravates the problem for Australia. Cameron Green will now return to action during Australia’s Test series against India & till then Australia has to find out his alternative for the upcoming New Year Test which is the final Test in their ongoing three-match Test Series.
Australia could balance the squad by either selecting an extra batter or bowler in the line-up, there are chances that the management hand a maiden call-up to Western Australia all-rounder Aaron Hardie who grabbed the limelight during Sheffield Shield’s final fixture by scoring an unbeaten 174 runs. He further displayed exceptional performances for the Australia ‘A’ team during their tour of Sri Lanka.