All-rounder Cameron Green broke his finger and is out of the Sydney Test.
He will bat again in this game but will not be able to bowl, complicating Australia’s bid to win against South Africa.
Australia’s attack has already been met with an injury to Mitchell Starc, who is able to bowl in the second inning despite tendon damage to the middle finger of his bowling hand.
“Cameron Green has a small fracture on his right index finger. He will bat again in this game but not bowl, followed by a recovery period leading up to the Tour of India,” a team spokesman said.
There are also implications for the hosts’ plans for the Sydney New Year’s test.
The selectors are considering using spin-twins on the SCG pitch, but Green’s seam bowling would have made the difference.
Green sustained the injury while batting on Tuesday when he was hit on the gloves by a lightning strike from South African speedster Anrich Nortje.
It’s been a roller-coaster week for Green, who after a slow start to the summer of testing was bought for a staggering $3.15 million at last Friday’s IPL auction before performing on Boxing Day with a career best of 5/27.
His post-game comments that night added poignancy.
“That’s probably cricket summed up. You can have a very slow start to summer and think cricket is so tough, then you have a few days like this and it brings you back,” Green said.
“At the same time, if you’re going through your highs, cricket can take you down pretty quickly.”
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