Australia is concerned about the World Cup since Head has a fractured hand.

Australia is waiting to learn if top hitter Travis Head will be able to compete in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Head was forced to retire injured during the fourth ODI against South Africa at Centurion on Friday, and head coach Andrew McDonald confirmed after the game that the left-hander had fractured his hand.

“It’s a confirmed fracture,” stated McDonald. “The nature of what kind of time frame that lends itself to will be evaluated tomorrow.”

“I believe he’ll go in for more scans tomorrow to get a better picture of that, and then we’ll figure out how to manage it from there.” I’m not a doctor, but I believe it’s a little higher up than the finger itself…it’s someplace in a joint (in the hand). With the World Cup approaching, fingers crossed.”

Head has been included to Australia’s preliminary 15-man World Cup roster, and the 29-year-old may be in a race against time to be fit for his team’s opening encounter against host India in Chennai on October 8.

Teams competing in the World Cup have until September 28 to submit their final 15-player rosters to the ICC for the competition, and alterations after that date must be approved by event organizers.

If Head is ruled out, Australia has a variety of options to replace him, including Test standout Marnus Labuschagne and hard-hitting all-rounder Tim David.