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Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will not bowl for the remainder of the second Test in Brisbane after he sustained a hamstring injury on the first day.
Marsh suffered the injury after bowling the final ball of his first over after the lunch break.
“He’s got a mild low-grade hamstring strain on his right leg,” Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. “He’s had surgery on the left leg a year ago and he’s also injured the right one maybe two years ago. This is a mild injury…He’s going to have a scan today and we’ll try to get him on the field tomorrow and hopefully have him batting in some way if that’s useful.”
After taking two wickets, debutant Josh Hazlewood also succumbed to the heat and started to get cramps.
However, Kountouris is confident that he will be able to continue bowling tomorrow morning.
“He had cramps all over his body, so it wasn’t just one place,” Kountouris said. “Typically when they cramp they cramp in their calf or their hamstring or something and they tend to get on with it. The difficulty with him is he was cramping everywhere. It was both calves, both hamstrings, groins, hips, he just couldn’t function.
“You could see his pace was down when he came back and bowled and he showed some courage to do that because he was really struggling. Every ball he bowled he was cramping up in multiple places. He will recover overnight and we’ll see how he wakes up tomorrow. We expect him to be bowling tomorrow.”
Left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc also struggled to cope with the heat as he was seen clutching his ribs on numerous occasions when bowling.
“His back was sore, he’s also getting some rib pain,” he said. “I haven’t had a chance to fully assess that, it is not a side strain and we don’t think it is anything that is going to stop him bowling but we’ll have to look at it tonight. But we think he is going to be able to okay to bowl tomorrow.”