Australia called up talented all-rounder Cameron Green for their Twenty20 World Cup defence on Thursday after Josh Inglis suffered a freak injury to his hand while playing golf, according to the hosts.
Back-up wicketkeeper Inglis was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after cutting his right hand when the golf club he was using snapped, three days before Australia’s first match of the tournament against New Zealand in Sydney.
Green, 23, joins Australia’s 15-man squad, hoping to add to the seven T20 internationals he has played in since his debut against Pakistan in Lahore in April.
On Australia’s recent tour to India, he hit two half-centuries and is widely regarded as a rising star.
Green’s selection means Australia will be without a backup to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
Inglis is not the first player to be ruled out of this year’s T20 World Cup due to a bizarre golfing mishap.
England batsman Jonny Bairstow broke his leg last month while walking to a tee box and was ruled out for the rest of the season.