Australia have been dealt a double-injury blow with James Faulkner and Shaun Marsh ruled out of the Qantas Tour of South Africa today.

Faulkner sustained a calf injury while the Australians trained at Sydney’s Hurstville Oval, while Marsh has failed to recover from the broken finger that saw him sent home from Sri Lanka during the limited-overs series last month.

Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja has been drafted in a cover for Marsh, while no replacement was named for the Tasmanian.

“Shaun undertook a follow up x-ray and was reviewed by specialists this week,” said Bupa Support Team physiotherapist David Beakley

“Unfortunately due to the fracture being in the joint of the finger we have decided to take a more conservative approach, therefore he will not be available for the ODI Series in South Africa.

“James suffered a low grade calf strain during a fitness session in Sydney today which we expect to take 3-4 weeks to recover. Unfortunately this means he will also be unavailable for the South Africa Series.”