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Shaun Marsh to miss second Test

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick

Shaun Marsh's dreams of a golden summer have been shattered by a broken finger but he might not be the only batsman to feel some pain following Australia's 177-run Test loss to South Africa.

Marsh will undergo surgery after fracturing the same finger he broke on the recent Test tour of Sri Lanka.

The 33-year-old suffered the latest setback while fielding on day one against South Africa and he's already been ruled out of the second Test in Hobart, starting on November 12.

Interestingly, Australia have opted to add both Callum Ferguson and Joe Burns to what has become an extended 13-man squad.

That means another batsman might be dropped following Australia's insipid display at the WACA Ground.

Adam Voges is in danger of slipping out of the team after suffering a slight hamstring niggle while fielding in Perth.

He played out the match but will be assessed over the coming days to determine his availability.

Even if fit, he's no guarantee to keep his spot following a recent lean trot with the bat.

Allrounder Mitch Marsh is also under the pump after scoring 0 and 26 at the WACA.

Shaun Marsh's injury comes at a bad time for the opener.

He overcame the pain of the broken finger to post 63 and 15 in Australia's first Test of the summer.

But he now faces a fight to win back his spot once fit.

It remains unclear how long Marsh will be sidelined for.

"At the moment he's pretty shattered. Hopefully the surgery goes well and he can be back soon," Australian captain Steve Smith said on Monday.

"He slipped over in the first innings and injured it. He was in a fair bit of pain when he batted and out in the field as well."

Australia could also make a third change, with Joe Mennie in line to replace one of the pacemen.

Peter Siddle appears at most risk after struggling to maintain his pace throughout the WACA Test.

Ferguson is yet to debut in Test cricket but the 31-year-old has notched 30 ODIs and three T20s for his country.

Burns was dropped during the recent 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka and enters the match on the back of some shaky form after posting 4 and 7 in a recent Sheffield Shield loss to Victoria.

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