Markram follows Marsh into self-inflicted injury ward

By ScoreLine Desk - October 19, 2019

Less than a week after Australian Mitchell Marsh suffered a self-inflicted injury in the Western Australian dressing-rooms, South Africa’s Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the third Test against India following a similar incident.

Markram registered a pair in the second Test in Pune last week and suffered a fracture in his right wrist when he lashed out in frustration at his own performance.

“The injury took place following the opener’s dismissal in the second innings of the match,” the Proteas said in a statement.

“In a moment of frustration with his own performance, he lashed out at a solid object, resulting in his injury.”

Cricket South Africa did not specify what the “solid object” was, but confirmed subsequent scans had shown a fracture and that the opener had returned home.

“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,” the 25-year-old said.

“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.”

Earlier this week, Marsh apologised for what his coach Adam Voges labelled “a moment of madness”, with the Test allrounder vowing never to do it again.

Marsh will miss four to six weeks after scans confirmed he broke his right hand when he punched a wall after getting dismissed against Tasmania.

“It certainly will be an isolated incident, that’s for sure, and it won’t be happening again,” Marsh said.

“It’s a good lesson for me, hopefully it’s a good lesson for other people as well.

“At the end of the day it’s a game of cricket. Sometimes you get beaten, sometimes you get out, and you can’t be punching walls.”

Marsh was wearing a glove when he punched the wall, and he knew straight away that he had suffered serious damage.

As for the message from Australia coach Justin Langer? “He just told me I’m an idiot, basically. He was disappointed for me,” Marsh said.

By ScoreLine Desk

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