Injured Marsh doubtful for first Test against SA

‘Low grade tear’ lays the Australian opener low

18:24 October 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.

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 November 3, 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.