Zimbabwe triangular series 2014 September 3, 2014

Injured McLaren to miss rest of tri-series

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa allrounder Ryan McLaren has been ruled out of the remainder of the tri-series in Zimbabwe after suffering a hairline fracture on his right forearm. He picked up the injury while batting against Australia on Tuesday and will return to South Africa on Thursday morning.

"Ryan was taken for X-rays this afternoon after complaining of severe pain following a blow to his right forearm yesterday," South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. "The scans revealed a hairline fracture to the bone in the right forearm, which rules him out of action for the next three weeks."

McLaren was hit on the arm by a short and quick delivery from Mitchell Johnson in the 29th over which is likely to have caused the injury. Earlier this year, too, McLaren was hit on the head by a bouncer from Johnson in the Centurion Test which had ruled him out of the second Test.

South Africa will now need a replacement for McLaren for their last league match, against Zimbabwe on Thursday. Their options lie in Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell and Mthokozisi Shezi. McLaren played all three matches in the series and picked up six wickets, and scored 30 runs in two innings.

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  • Zain on September 4, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    He should bat with an arm-guard. He bowls right arm and bats left arm so neglecting an arm-guard while facing MJ is just silly. He has only himself to blame.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Big blow for SA's chances in the final I reckon, Parnell is likely to go for an extra 15-20 runs on current form. McLaren has just about been the form seamer of the tournament from an economy viewpoint. He has some serious issues playing Johnson though and won't be looking forward to seeing him again I don't think.

  • jake on September 3, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    I just wanted to write one word. Next!

  • Android on September 3, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    agreed Saffa222 - the indictment being that nobody else stepped up, he has done well, but will always look, and be, at best 2nd rate

  • ZCF on September 3, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    How many bones has Mitchell Johnson broken in international cricket? I mean this is not even bodyline series times, with players heavily guarded! How much damage would he have done then? Not farfetched to say he's the most dangerous bowler ever.

  • Amilcar on September 3, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    @Dave in last 24 months McLaren has taken 65 wickets with ave of 21.96 and SR of 25.7 while next most wickets has been steyn with 38. So tell me what in this time has warranted him being accused of being awful?

  • Vaughan on September 3, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Big blow this.. .the only replacement in the squad is really Parnell and he isn't close to Mclaren when it comes to batting.

  • James on September 3, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    That's the second time Mitchell Johnson has seriously Injured McLaren. The first time was the blow to the head in the test at Newlands earlier this year. Now it's the blow to the forearm, though this time he could've prevented it by wearing an arm guard.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Good because he has been aweful for a long, long time!

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