Australian batsman D’Arcy Short has been ruled out of Western Australia’s opening One-Day Cup game of the summer, against New South Wales to be held in Perth on Tuesday, September 18 after being bitten by his pet dog.

According to reports, the incident took place earlier this month and the bite needed stitches.

“D’Arcy had an unlucky incident two weeks ago while playing with his dog, where his hand got in the way of a dog toy and the bite caused a deep laceration to the palm of his hand,” said Western Australia Cricket Association Sports Science Sports Medicine Manager Nick Jones.

“He needed a few stitches and surgical washout but has returned to batting and catching balls this week, and is on track for selection in Round 2,” he added.

The injury comes as a triple blow for Western Australia with Marcus Stoinisand Matthew Kelly also out with injuries.

The left-handed batsman made his debut for Australia against New Zealand in February and has played 10 T20Is apart from 3 ODIs.

Earlier also such incidents have taken place where a player had to miss a match because of a pet. In 2016, South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock twisted his knee while walking his Jack Russell terriers and was forced to sit out of the third Test against England while he recovered.