Sport Cricket Shaun Marsh out of second Test with broken finger

Shaun Marsh out of second Test with broken finger

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Shaun Marsh requires surgery on his re-broken finger. Photo: AAP
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Australia’s day went from bad to worse after losing the first Test against South Africa, with Shaun Marsh ruled out for the next clash in Hobart.

Marsh broke his left pinky finger in the third one-day international in Sri Lanka earlier this year and re-broke it in Australia’s losing effort at the WACA.

Australia captain Steve Smith said Marsh slipped over in the first innings and played through the pain, scoring 63 and 15.

“At the moment he’s pretty shattered. Hopefully the surgery goes well and he can be back soon,” Smith said.

Joe Burns has been recalled after losing his opening spot to Marsh after the second Test in Sri Lanka.

Joe Burns has been recalled in Marsh’s absence. Photo AAP

Burns was in something of a play-off with Marsh for the opening spot at the WACA and, despite posting a century in Queensland’s first Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales, the incumbent West Australian kept his spot.

Burns, 27, has three centuries from his 12 Tests with an average of 41.52.

He will be challenging Callum Ferguson for a place in the team for the second Test after the South Australia veteran also received a call-up into what is now a 13-man squad.

Ferguson, who also scored a ton in his first Shield game this season, has played 30 ODIs for Australia but has not represented the country since 2011.

Team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a Cricket Australia statement Marsh should be available for the Test series against Pakistan, which starts on December 15 at the Gabba.

Australian Test squad:

Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Joe Mennie, Joe Burns, Callum Ferguson.

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