South Africa vs Australia: Shaun Marsh suffers hamstring injury, doubtful for first Test match

AFP, Oct, 16 2016

Sydney: Australia opener Shaun Marsh is in doubt for next month's first Test against South Africa with a hamstring injury suffered in a domestic cup match this weekend.

Marsh, who missed Australia's recent ODI tour of South Africa with a broken finger, was inconvenienced during his innings of 70 against Tasmania.

File photo of Australia's Shaun Marsh. AFP

File photo of Australia's Shaun Marsh. AFP

Australia lost the ODI series 5-0 and are hoping to bounce back in the longer format of the game.

WA Cricket described Marsh's injury as a "low grade tear".

"Marsh will return to Perth where he will undergo rehabilitation with a view to being available for selection for the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the WACA Ground next month," WA Cricket said in a statement Sunday.

Marsh returned to the Test side for the final match in Sri Lanka, replacing Joe Burns, and scored 130 — his second Test century in as many matches after a career-best 182 against West Indies last December.

The first Test begins in Perth on 3 November, leaving Marsh less than three weeks to prove his fitness.

Burns and Usman Khawaja, who were both dropped in Sri Lanka, are in line to replace Marsh should he be unavailable for selection.

Published Date: Oct 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 16, 2016

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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115