Bal­lance ruled out of third Test with bro­ken fin­ger

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

Gary Bal­lance

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