Shaun Marsh does not have much time to recover from a hamstring suffered while playing against Tasmania    Getty Images
Shaun Marsh does not have much time to recover from a hamstring which he suffered while playing in domestic circuit Getty Images

Australia opener Shaun Marsh is in doubt for November’s first Test against South Africa with a hamstring injury suffered in a domestic cup match this weekend. Marsh, who missed Australia’s recent One-Day International (ODI) tour of South Africa with a broken finger, was inconvenienced during his innings of 70 against Tasmania. Western Cricket Australia (WCA) described Marsh’s injury as a “low grade tear”. Marsh returned to the Test side for the final match in Sri Lanka, replacing Joe Burns, and scored 130 – his second Test century in as many matches after a career-best 182 against West Indies last December. The first Test begins in Perth on November 3, leaving Marsh less than three weeks to prove his fitness. ALSO READ: Matador Cup 2016: Shaun Marsh, Ashton Agar named in Western Australia s squad despite injury

“Marsh will return to Perth where he will undergo rehabilitation with a view to being available for selection for the opening Test of the three-match series against South Africa at the WACA Ground next month,” confirmed WCA. ALSO READ: Shaun Marsh s topsy-turvy Test career needs equilibrium

Burns and Usman Khawaja, who were both dropped in Sri Lanka, are in line to replace Marsh should he be unavailable for selection. Australia are having a tough time in both Tests and ODIs with a whitewash suffered against Sri Lanka and South Africa, respectively. Australia will like to come hard against the Proteas after humiliation faced in the African nation.