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Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the final Test against India

Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the final Test against India
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Just before the third Test, there is bad news for South African cricket fans. Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the final Test against India in Pune following an injury in his right wrist.

Frustrated Markram faces the consequences

Aiden Markram has been suffering from a self-inflicted wrist injury. Post the dismissal in the second innings of Pune Test Markram lashed out at solid object out of frustration. Markram was given out lbw for a duck by the on-field umpire. Markram consulted about the same with his opening partner Dean Elgar and chose not to review the decision. But the replays showed otherwise. This resulted in a fracture in his right wrist and finally his exclusion from the final Test on the ongoing series.

Markram started the tour with two hundred in the practice games but failed to carry forward his form into the Test series. The last match was terrible as he was dismissed for a pair in Pune. No replacement for Markram has been called up yet. Markram left for South Africa on Thursday morning.

The statements

The team doctor Hashendra Ramjee informed about a CT scan done on the wrist in Cricket South Africa press release. “A CT scan of Aiden Markram’s wrist showed a fracture involving the wrist bones. The medical team has, therefore, ruled him out of the next Test match against India. Arrangements have been made for him to see a specialist on his return to South Africa for further management of the injury.”

Markram’s version in an official statement was heartbreaking too. But the batter took the full responsibility and said, “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,”

He further added how his emotional outcome should not be an excuse for this and he apologized to his team. “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.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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