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Gary Ballance (Gallo Images)
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London - England batsman Gary Ballance has been ruled out of next week's third Test against South Africa with a broken finger, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Tuesday.

Ballance suffered the injury when hit on the left index finger by a short ball from fast bowler Morne Morkel while making just four on Monday's fourth and final day at Trent Bridge, where England collapsed to 133 all out in a 340-run mauling in the second Test.

"Gary Ballance has been ruled out of the third Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval starting on Thursday, July 27 after fracturing his left index finger," said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued on Tuesday.

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