Western Australia opener Shaun Marsh is likely to miss the rest of the summer and the Indian Premier League season after rupturing his hamstring tendon.
The left-hander struck an unbeaten 100 in Australia A's seven-wicket win over the England Lions in Hobart on Saturday but collapsed in pain when completing his 99th run.
Marsh, who suffered a minor hamstring strain in December while playing for the Perth Scorchers, scored his ton before retiring hurt.
Scans revealed a ruptured right hamstring tendon, meaning the 29-year-old will miss the four remaining unofficial one-day internationals, the rest of the Warriors' season and possibly the IPL.
"A scan has revealed that Shaun Marsh ruptured a hamstring tendon behind his right knee while batting last night," Australia A physio David Beakley said in a statement.
"Shaun will see a specialist orthopaedic surgeon early this week to determine the appropriate course of treatment."
Marsh, who has played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL since 2008, could miss the upcoming campaign, which begins on April 3.
This is not the first time Marsh has had issues with hamstring injuries. The batsman spent a long period of time on the sidelines after suffering two serious injuries to his left hamstring in 2008 and 2009, while he also suffered a low-grade tear to his right one at the end of the 2010-11 summer.
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First Posted 17 February, 2013 5:03PM AEST