Head fractures left hand; racing against the clock for World Cup

While attempting to pull off Gerald Coetzee’s short ball, his head was struck by his hand.

Travis Head fractured his left hand during the fourth ODI against South Africa on Friday at SuperSport Park in Centurion, putting his World Cup participation in jeopardy.

While attempting to pull off Gerald Coetzee’s short ball, his head was struck by his hand. Australian head coach Andrew McDonald revealed that he will have more scans to determine the degree of the ailment.

Head received treatment for his injury on the field and went on to make three more deliveries before being forced to retire hurt. Later in the day, he returned to the field, although his left hand was in a splint.

“At this stage, it’s a confirmed fracture, and we’re yet to determine how long that timeframe is, so fingers crossed clearly with the World Cup fast approaching,” McDonald said after the game.

“I’m not a doctor, but I believe it’s a little higher up than the actual [index] finger itself.” But I’m not sure what you’re talking about. I won’t get into the medical details because it’s in a joint someplace. But, yes, a verified fracture, with another scan scheduled for tomorrow.”

Head’s injury adds to Australia’s already long list of worries ahead of the World Cup, with Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Starc all recuperating from ailments. Cameron Green, the all-rounder, was already substituted in the first ODI due to a concussion. Ashton Agar, who recovered from a calf strain and had to return home for the birth of his new child, is also in pain.

Meanwhile, Spencer Johnson is still out with a hamstring issue, and Mitchell Marsh will miss the final ODI on Sunday owing to ankle pain. While all of them are anticipated to play in the India series, the extent of Head’s injury and his availability for the World Cup remain unknown.

Green should be available for the fifth ODI, according to McDonald. “He’s been cleared by the medical team,” stated McDonald. “So he’s just working on getting ready.” He should be available for game five. That is the current plan. We’ll be able to have some training tomorrow, assess it, and make some forced alterations, which may leave some players a little sore. We’ll also have to control those folks.”

The ongoing five-match series versus South Africa is now tied at 2-2 after the hosts won the fourth one-day international by 164 runs.