Travis Head fractures left hand as Australia’s injury list increases ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand

September 16 2023
Travis Head
(Courtesy : AFP)

Travis Head received a blow on his left hand during 4th ODI against South Africa.

Australia’s injury list is getting bigger, Travis Head has now fractured his left hand during the 4th One-day International against South Africa played at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Head had to return back as retired hurt during the Australia’s 417 runs huge run chase in the innings. This has also brought tensions in the Australian camp as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India is approaching. Head’s World Cup participation now looks in doubt as he will need time to recover from this big injury. 

Australian opener Travis Head was hit on the hand by one of Gerald Coetze’s pacey short-ball delivery. Head was batting on 17 not out when was hit by Coetzee’s short ball and immediately got the treatment. He went on to play three more deliveries before heading back to the dressing room. Australian coach Andrew McDonald said, “It is a confirmed fracture but as to the nature of the break and what sort of time-frame to heal, that will be assessed tomorrow.” 

Australian coach concerned about multiple injuries

Australian Head Coach Andrew McDonald further showed a little concern over persistent injury issues with the World Cup coming closer. Andrew McDonald said, “He is going for scans tomorrow and we have 0ur fingers crossed. Clearly with the World Cup, fast approaching.” This was Australia’s 6th entry in the injured players list. Captain Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Mitchell Starc are already recovering from their injuries. Cameron Green is out of the XI as he is going through his 8-day concussion protocol. 

Australia suffered a massive 164-run defeat against South Africa in the 4th ODI. South Africa equaled the 5-match ODI series with one more game left to play at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. South Africa smashed 416 runs in 50 overs, and Heinrich Klassen smashed 174 runs in 83 balls with 13 fours and 13 sixes in his innings. Along with him, David Miller also smashed a half-century and played a blistering knock of 82 runs in 45 balls. While chasing 417, Australia were bundled out on 252, and Alex Carey ended up being the top-scorer with 99 runs in 77 balls. 

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