01/03/2024

Pakistan fast bowler Khurram Shahzad has been ruled out for the remainder of the test series against Australia.

Scans have revealed that Pakistan fast bowler Khurram Shahzad has a stress fracture in his ribs as well as an abdominal muscle tear, after reporting discomfort and soreness throughout the first test in Perth.

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On debut against the reigning Test Championship holders, Shahzad impressed through injury dismissing Steve Smith with his first Test wicket and then following it up with Mitch Marsh, to finish with first innings figures of 2/83 off 22 overs. In the second innings he took the priced scalps of David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne and again Smith on his way to 3/45 off 16 overs.

The 24-year-old got his opportunity after years of strong first-class form which saw him take 141 wickets in 78 first-class matches at an average of 29 runs per wicket. It is tough luck for the tourists who will be looking to bounce back in the annual Boxing Day Test at the MCG and an opportunity that Shahzad would have no doubt thrived on.

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