Australia Face Injury Woes Ahead Of The Boxing Day Test
Australia, having taken an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the Commonwealth Bank test series, are in with a dilemma ahead of the Boxing Day test as three of their players, Shane Watson, David Warner and Mitchell Starc are nursing injury concerns.
Warner, who has scored 282 runs in the first 2 test matches with an average of 70.50 was hit on the thumb during the fourth day of the second test and was forced to skip a practice session.
However, Warner was confident that he will not be missing out on playing a Boxing Day test.
"I will definitely be playing; I will be doing everything I can. Obviously it's a bit painful, it's the one I broke before, but I'm not missing a Boxing Day test, that's for sure”, said Warner.
Watson, who has been struggling for runs in this series, took a blow to the helmet facing a short delivery from Pattinson in the practice session which knocked him to the ground.
Cricket Australia had tweeted that Shane Watson was okay, but was shaken up.
Pattinson too was very concerned as it has not been long since the unfortunate demise of Phillip Hughes after he was hit by a short ball from Sean Abbott.
However, according to Cricket Australia’s tweet, it seems like Watson’s injury is nothing major and he should be able to regain full fitness in time for the third test.
Starc, who was under heavy criticism from Shane Warne for his performance in the second test is also nursing a knee injury.
Starc is likely to be replaced by Harris who seems to have recovered well from his thigh injury that ruled him out of the second test.
Australia has already ruled out Mitchell Marsh from the third test and uncapped player, Joe Burns has been drafted into the squad replacing Marsh.
The third Test is scheduled to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.
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