Australia might be without the services of all-rounder Cameron Green in South Africa’s second innings after he was hit on the finger and had to retire hurt in the host’s first inning. David Warner is anticipated to be able to resume his double century on the third day after he retired hurt with a cramp during Australia’s match against South Africa at the MCG.
However, Australia faces the prospect of pressing for victory against South Africa with a weakened bowling attack after allrounder Cameron Green joined Mitchell Starc with a finger injury. Anrich Nortje’s delivery at 144 kph struck Green on the glove late on day two, drawing blood from his right index finger. He first left the field and was sent for a scan after play despite the physio and doctor’s best efforts to treat him there.
Green’s injury concern comes after that of Starc, who during the first day of play dislocated the tip of his left middle finger while attempting to take a catch at long-on. Despite being a huge doubt for the Sydney Test, a CA spokeswoman stated Starc was available to participate in the remaining games and had a quick bowl in the nets before play on Tuesday. It is unclear if he will bat considering Australia already has a sizable advantage. The ICC rules, which forbid bowlers from wearing any tape or strapping on their bowling hand, make it more difficult for Starc and Green to safeguard their injuries.