Australia in England / News

England v Australia, 2nd Test, Edgbaston, 1st day

McGrath ruled out with ankle injury

Cricinfo staff

August 4, 2005

Text size: A | A



Glenn McGrath goes down in pain during the warm-up © Getty Images
Enlarge

Glenn McGrath was ruled out of the second Test shortly before the start of play on Thursday, after suffering a freak injury during Australia's pre-match warm-up. He is now a major doubt for next week's third Test at OId Trafford as well, having sustained a grade two tear to the lateral ligaments of his right ankle.

McGrath, 35, trod on a stray cricket ball during a game of touch-rugby and had to be helped into a groundsman's buggy by his team-mates. His place in the side was taken by fellow seamer Michael Kasprowicz, who picked up five wickets in the drawn warm-up match against Worcestershire this week.

"Glenn rolled his ankle during the early stages of training," Errol Alcott, the team physiotherapist, told AFP. "There's nothing obvious in the X-rays regarding bone abnormalities but we are awaiting further expert reports from a radiologist this [Thursday] afternoon." McGrath returned to the dressing-room where his foot was elevated while the injury was iced.

Australia's captain, Ricky Ponting, won the toss and chose to bowl first even though his spearhead was sidelined. "I guess the good thing about it is that Kasper took five wickets in the tour game during the week so he's in pretty good touch as well and I'm looking forward to seeing him bowl."

This is the first Ashes Test McGrath has missed since Sydney in 2003 where England won by 225 runs. At Lord's, where Australia won the first Test by 239 runs, McGrath became only the fourth bowler to take 500 Test wickets, as Australia went 1-0 up in the five-Test series.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Tour Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Sep 8-12, 2005
Match drawn
Essex v Australians at Chelmsford - Sep 3-4, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Nottingham - Aug 25-28, 2005
England won by 3 wickets
Northants v Australians at Northampton - Aug 20-21, 2005
Match drawn
Scotland v Australians at Edinburgh - Aug 18, 2005
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
More results »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days