Ballance ruled out of third Test with broken finger
London, UK - Gary Ballance has been ruled out of the third Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval after fracturing his left index finger. The Test begins on July 27.
Ballance was struck on the finger by a short ball from Morne Morkel on the fourth and final day of the Trent Bridge Test. He went for an X-ray on Monday night and was told the results on Tuesday.
He saw a hand surgeon in Leeds on Tuesday evening, when the diagnosis was confirmed. He will continue to be monitored by the England medical team and could still be available for selection in the fourth Test at Old Trafford next month.
Surrey's Mark Stoneman is the most likely replacement. Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, admitted after Trent Bridge that Stoneman and Essex's Tom Westley had been discussed as options ahead of the series and should be considered "on the edge" of the team.