Defending champions Australia have suffered further setbacks ahead of their opening fixture of the JLT One-Day Cup as their star opening batsman D’Arcy Short has been ruled out.
The Australian opening batsman, has been laid low after being bitten in his left hand by Ralphy, his pet dog.
The incident took place earlier this month, according to reports. The bite needed stitches.
“D’Arcy had an unlucky incident two weeks ago while playing with his dog, where his hand got in the way of a dog toy and the bite caused a deep laceration to the palm of his hand,” said Western Australia Cricket Association Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager Nick Jones.
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“He needed a few stitches and surgical washout but has returned to batting and catching balls this week, and is on track for selection in Round 2.”
For the team, it has come as a triple blow, with Marcus Stoinis, the all-rounder, and Matthew Kelly, the medium pacer, also out with injuries. The three have been replaced by Simon Mackin, Will Bosisto and Sam Whiteman.
The trio will have to miss out Western Australia’s opening One-Day Cup game of the summer, against New South Wales in Perth on Tuesday, 18 September.
Sam Whiteman, Simon Mackin and Will Bosisto have been called up as replacements for the injured players. WA will be forced to name their final XI minutes before the toss.
Short isn’t the first player in recent times to miss a match because of a pet. In 2016, Quinton de Kock twisted his knee while walking his Jack Russell terriers and was forced to sit out of the third Test against England while he recovered.