Cameron Green, an all-rounder for Australia, suffered a fractured finger on Wednesday, which forced him to miss the third and final test match against South Africa in Sydney. Green will also not bowl again in Melbourne.
While batting on day two of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday, the 23-year-old was unfortunate enough to receive a brutal hit on his finger from the fast bowler Anrich Nortje.
He retired despite his injuries and proceeded to get scans. According to Cricket Australia, Cameron Green suffered a minor fracture to the index finger on his right hand.
He will bat once more in this match, but he will not bowl. After that, he will have some time to heal before going on the tour to India (in February).
It is because of this that Green, who was the second-most expensive acquisition at the most recent auction for the Indian Premier League, will not participate in the third and final test match against the Proteas.
The fact that he won’t be able to bowl in South Africa’s second innings in Melbourne is a major setback, considering that in their first innings he took a career-best 5-27 runs off of them.
In response, the hosts will continue day three on passage 386-3.
Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead, also damaged a finger on Monday, and the nation is extremely concerned about his condition.
If he is unable to continue the rest of the Melbourne Test, Australia will only have three bowlers who are healthy enough to compete in the match: their skipper, Pat Cummins, another fast bowler, Scott Boland, and a spinner, Nathan Lyon.