Travis Head ruled out of first half of World Cup, coach Andrew McDonald confirms fracture in opener's finger joint

Australia's ODI World Cup dreams have dashed a bit as Travis Head faces an extended sideline due to a finger injury.

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Gerald Coetzee and Travis Head
Gerald Coetzee and Travis Head. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In a significant blow to Australia's ODI World Cup campaign, star opener Travis Head has been ruled out of action for the first half of the tournament. The news was confirmed by the team's coach, Andrew McDonald, following Head's unfortunate finger injury during the fourth ODI against South Africa. Known for his prolific batting prowess over the past year, Head's absence leaves a void at the top of the order for the Aussies.

In the absence of Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh stepped up to open the innings for Australia in the final ODI match against South Africa. Although the team has the option of Cameron Green as an alternative opener, it is widely acknowledged that Head's explosive batting style will be sorely missed. Head was forced to retire hurt in the recent match against South Africa after taking a painful blow to his hand from Gerald Coetzee. Coach Andrew McDonald shed some light on the situation.

“The timeframe is still a little bit loose at the moment, But the good news is that he doesn't require surgery as it sits at the moment. The follow-up scan confirmed the fracture was in a joint. There will be an extended period of time out and we're just going to weigh whether that time falls potentially with an option to carry him through the front half of the World Cup," McDonald said in a Press conference as reported by India Today.

As Head heads home for further medical examinations, the rest of the Australian squad is set to travel from South Africa to India for a crucial three-match series scheduled from September 22nd to 27th. This series serves as a vital tune-up for Australia in preparation for the 50-over World Cup, which commences on October 5th. The absence of Travis Head will undoubtedly pose a challenge for the team as they aim to stake their claim as serious contenders for the coveted ODI World Cup trophy.

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