India vs South Africa: Aiden Markram out of third Test

After being dismissed in the second innings of the Pune Test, Markram lashed out at a solid object in a moment of frustration injuring his right wrist.

South Africa batsman Aiden Markram in action against India in the ongoing Test series.   -  AP


South Africa batsman Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the third and final Test match against India after sustaining a wrist injury in the second Test in Pune.

After being dismissed in the second innings, he lashed out at a solid object in a moment of frustration which led to the injury.

Team doctor, Hashendra Ramjee said, “A CT scan of Markram’s wrist showed a fracture involving the wrist bones. The medical team has therefore ruled him out of the next Test match against India. Arrangements have been made for him to see a specialist on his return to South Africa for further management of the injury.”

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A very disappointed Markram said, “It’s sad to be going home on this note and I completely understand what I’ve done wrong and take full accountability for it. It’s unacceptable in a Proteas environment and to let the team down is what hurts me the most. I’ve learned a lot from this and the other players I’m sure, have learned from it as well.

“We understand in sport that emotions run high and sometimes the frustration gets the better of you as it did for me, but like I said, it’s no excuse. I’ve taken full responsibility for it, I have apologised to the team and hopefully I can make it up to them and the people of South Africa soon.”

Markram left for South Africa on Thursday. No player has been called up as a replacement.

The third Test starts in Ranchi on Saturday.

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