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Australian opener Marsh ruled out of second Test

November 07, 2016 15:09 IST

Australia will need a new opening partnership when they look to turn around their fortunes in the second Test against South Africa after Shaun Marsh was ruled out with a broken finger on Monday.

Australia captain Steve Smith checks on teammate Shaun Marsh after he was struck by the ball during Day 4's play during the first Test match against South Africa at the WACA in Perth on SundayCricket Australia announced after Australia had lost by 177 runs at the WACA that Marsh would require surgery on the digit and Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson would join the squad for the Hobart Test, which starts on Saturday.

Burns will almost certainly replace Marsh in the opening partnership with David Warner, while Ferguson has been called up as potential cover for middle order batsman Adam Voges, who has suffered a hamstring injury.

Image: Australia captain Steve Smith checks on teammate Shaun Marsh after he was struck by the ball during Day 4's play during the first Test match against South Africa at the WACA in Perth on Sunday

Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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