Australia are facing concerns over the fitness of Travis Head for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Head was injured during the fourth ODI against South Africa and had to retire hurt. Head coach Andrew McDonald confirmed that Head has picked up a fracture in his hand. The exact time frame for his recovery will be assessed after further scans. The injury is located higher up in the hand and not just in the finger itself. With the World Cup approaching, Australia is hoping for a speedy recovery for Head.
Head has been included in Australia’s preliminary 15-player squad for the World Cup. However, he may be facing a race against time to be fit for the team’s opening match against India on October 8. Teams have until September 28 to submit their final squads to the ICC, and changes can only be made with permission from the event organisers. If Head is ruled out, Australia has several options to replace him, including Marnus Labuschagne and Tim David.