Sydney: All-rounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of Australia's Test cricket series in South Africa and will undergo surgery for a knee injury.
Australia's contest with the world's No. 1 Test nation might be further disrupted as opening batsman Shaun Marsh and fast bowler Jackson Bird are also under injury clouds.
Both will remain home for injury treatment when the Australia squad leaves for South Africa on Wednesday. Marsh has a calf strain and Bird a back injury and both will have to prove their fitness before rejoining the 15-man Australia squad.