Australia v West Indies, 2nd Test, Hobart, 3rd day November 19, 2005

Samuels cleared of serious knee damage

Cricinfo staff

Marlon Samuels was able to take the field on the third day at Hobart © Getty Images
Marlon Samuels has been cleared of serious knee damage after being hit while batting on Thursday. Samuels was sent for a scan on his troublesome left knee after being unable to field yesterday and today, and he batted with a runner to be 2 not out as West Indies finished at 4 for 82.

Knee problems have cut short Samuels's 20-Test career and he was confident he had overcome the degenerative issue after he left the tour of South Africa in 2003-04 to have surgery in the United States. "I started out well, but if you know my story injury has played a major part in my career," he said before the first Test. "I've been working very hard on my knee so I can play as much as possible."

Samuels began the current tour with 257 in the first-class warm-up against Queensland but like most of West Indies' batsmen he has struggled to cope with Australia's pace attack. Samuels made 1 and 3 not out at the Gabba and reached 5 in the first-innings as West Indies were dismissed for 149.