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 quick 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 much more deliveries but looked in discomfort and was forced to retire hurt in Australia’s enormous 164-run loss. “It’s a confirmed fracture,” Australia head coach Andrew McDonald stated at the post-match conference. Additional scans on Saturday will reveal the extent of the injury.
“He’s going to go in for much 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 begin of the Planet Cup, Mitchell Marsh could be elevated to the opening position offered his fantastic run at the prime in the series against India earlier this year. Having said that, must 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 need to have approval from the ICC.