Australia U-19s batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk will return home from the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2020 in South Africa as a preventive measure after being scratched on the face by a monkey on a team outing in Kimberley at a nature reserve. Australia U-19s hope of winning the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020 ended when they lost to India U-19s on Tuesday. Fraser-McGurk had a torrid time during the match, run-out without facing a ball in the Australia U-19s' unsuccessful chase of India U-19s' total of 233.
The instance at the nature park took place when the Australia U-19s team took a break following their last-ball win over England on January 23. After a discussion with medical staff and family members, it was considered necessary for Jake Fraser-McGurk to depart to Australia for precautionary treatment within seven days of the accident according to a Cricket Australia statement. It further said that Australia U-19s would ponder calling in a replacement for Jake Fraser-McGurk for the last two games of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020.
The Cricket Australia’s sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris was confident of Jake Fraser-McGurk not suffering any issues during the treatment process. The treatment procedure involves the Australia U-19s star returning to Australia within seven days of the incident and will be available for selection shortly after completion of treatment. 17-year-old Jake Fraser-McGurk made his first-class debut for Victoria in November last year and expressed his disappointment for leaving the Australia U-19s midway through the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020. He said that he’s confident of his team getting the job done in the final two games of the competition while also adding that it is a lesson learnt and hopes to get back on the field soon as he can.