Johannesburg, December 28: South Africa opener Aiden Markram will miss the rest of the Test series against England due to a fractured finger.
Markram requires surgery on his fourth left finger after suffering the injury on day two of the first Test in Centurion.
In a statement on Saturday (December 28), Cricket South Africa (CSA) said Markram would miss at least six weeks, with surgery scheduled for early next week.
"Aiden sustained a fracture affecting the distal joint of his left ring finger," CSA chief medical officer Dr Shuaib Manjra said.
"After consulting with a number of hand specialists yesterday we arrived at a decision that the best outcome would be achieved through surgical reduction and fixation. This would mean him unfortunately missing the rest of the series against England.
"We feel for Aiden who worked extremely hard to come through his previous hand fracture sustained in India to be Test match ready."
Markram made 20 in the first innings and fell for two in the second as South Africa were reduced to 72-4, leading England by 175 runs in the opening Test of four.