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Updated: Amir back to bolwing after injury scare

CricketUpdated: Amir back to bolwing after injury scare

Muhammad Amir returned to field and then went back to bowling after suffering injuring his knees during fielding. He will be having scan on his knee after the day’s play.

 

Earlier Pakistan have suffered a potentially major injury blow on the first day of their series against Australia, with Mohammad Amir helped from the field with an injury to his right knee.

Amir appeared to be in significant distress after sliding in the outfield in an attempt to stop a boundary. His knee plugged in the turf and, as he stood up, Amir winced in pain and immediately sank back down to the ground.

Amir spent several minutes on the ground receiving medical attention from physio Shane Hayes, and Australian team doctor Peter Brukner was also on hand while the entire Pakistan playing group watched in concern.

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Mohammad Amir is taken off the field after injuring his knee in the field, Australia v Pakistan 1st Test, 1st day, Brisbane, December 15, 2016

Amir was eventually able to limp from the playing area, supported by team-mates on both sides, but had to be ferried down towards the Gabba rooms by a motorised medical cart.

The scene was reminiscent of England fast bowler Simon Jones sliding on the outfield of the same ground back in 2002 and suffering a serious knee injury that kept him sidelined for almost a year. Also, in similar scenes in Australia’s previous Test series, South Africa’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn had left the field on the second morning of the series with a shoulder fracture.

Amir had been difficult for Australia’s batsmen to score off on the first day of this Test, having picked up 1 for 22 from his 13 overs, including six maidens. He claimed the first wicket of the game by having David Warner lbw walking across his stumps.

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