South Africa opening batsman Aiden Markram has suffered from a fractured finger during the Boxing Day Test played against England at Centurion. Markram has been effectively ruled out of the remainder of the Test series. The 25-year old will be expected to out for at least six weeks. He is currently going through rehabilitation process to make sure he gets fit in time for the one-day series against England.
Since May 2018, Markram has struggled to make big scores for South Africa in red-ball cricket. In 10 Test matches played, Markram has only scored 424 runs at an average of 22.31 with three half-centuries to his name. In the first game of the series, Markram once again failed to capitalize on his good start in the first innings. In the second innings, he was pinned in front of the stumps by James Anderson.
Aide Markram sustained the injury on the second day of the first Test played at Centurion. The fractured finger will certainly require surgery. He will then undergo rehabilitation process to get himself fit and available for the one-day series against England.
Cricket South Africa Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shuaib Manjra, said that Aiden suffered a fracture on his left ring finger. After going through a detailed examination, the medical staff came to the conclusion that surgery would be best option for this injury. This means that he would effectively miss the remainder of the Test series against England.
It has certainly been a frustrating period for Markram as a cricketer. He previously fractured his hand in anger when he was dismissed for a pair in the second game of the series played against India at Pune. Markram missed the final game of the series at Ranchi, but did work hard to fully recover for the Boxing Day Test against England at SuperSport Park in Centurion.