Ahead of the first Test against India on December 17, hosts Australia faced another injury scare during Day 2 of the practice game against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. All-rounder Sean Abbott had to leave the field and didn’t return after the tea break.
Prior tea break, Abbott was seen nursing his left ankle. Later it was revealed that the all-rounder, who had bowling figures of 7-1-24-0 in the first session of the day, had reported calf tightness and that he would not return to the bowl, and will bat in the last innings only if it was needed.
A tweet shared by Cricket.com.au gave the update on Sean’s condition that read, “Update on latest Australia A injury scare – Sean Abbott reported calf tightness and won’t bowl again in India innings. He’s expected to bat if needed later today or tomorrow #AUSAvIND”
Abbott’s calf issue comes as another blow for the hosts as David Warner earlier this week also ruled out if the first Test in Adelaide. On Saturday, Will Pucovski was also ruled out from the first Test after getting hit on the head in the first warm-up match against India.
However, there is a piece of good news is coming for the Australian side as Cameron Green, who was hit on the head by a shot played by Jasprit Bumrah on Friday, has recovered well and continues to be with Australia A squad.
“Cameron has shown clinical improvement overnight and is symptomatically better than yesterday. He will remain with Australia A squad where we will continue to monitor him,” Cricket Australia team doctor Pip Inge said.
India reached a dominating stage on the second day of the second practice game. After bowling Australia A out for a paltry 108, the fifties from Shubman Gill (65), Mayank Agarwal (61) and Hanuma Vihari helped India taking a lead of 380-plus runs.
At the time of filing the story, Vihari was batting unbeaten on 89* and was accompanied with Rishabh Pant (29*). India scored 295/4 and had a lead of 382 runs.