Mitchell Starc, on Monday, gave Australia a major injury scare as he was seen clutching his hamstring after bowling just 1 over in India’s 2nd innings on Day 4 of the ongoing Test against India in Brisbane. The left-arm pacer grabbed his right hamstring during the only over he bowled before rain played spoilsport once again and forced an early close of play at the Gabba.
In case, Mitchell Starc is ruled out of action for the last day, Australia will be left with three pacers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green – as they try to win the series and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the first time since 2017. The hosts need to take all the ten Indian wickets while defending 324 to clinch the series.
The way India have performed under pressure on the tour so far, Australia know that they will need their experienced pace spearhead on the final day of the series. And Steve Smith is hopeful that Mitchell Starc is fit to bowl on Tuesday. The Australia batting star, however, didn’t reveal much about the pacer’s injury while talking to the media after the day’s play.
“I saw the same thing walking back – he was grabbing at his right hamstring I think it was, so I’m sure he’ll get assessed by the medical staff. One thing I know about Mitchell is he’s tough and he’s played through some injuries before and got the job done, so he’ll be hopefully good to go tomorrow,” Smith said.
Earlier on day four, Australia were bowled out for 294 in their second innings, thus, setting India a target of 328. The visitors played out 1.5 overs and scored 4 runs without losing a wicket before rain stopped play. The weather forecast for the final day is not very promising either as their are chances of rain in Brisbane.
The four-match series is currently locked at 1-1. In case, the series ends with the same score line, India will retain the famous trophy.
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