Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 4th day

Katich waits on injury

Peter English at Adelaide

December 6, 2010

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Simon Katich hobbles through for a run, struggling with an Achilles tendon injury, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 4th day, December 6, 2010
It was painful work for Simon Katich during his 43 © Getty Images
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Simon Katich will have to wait until Tuesday morning to discover whether he has any chance of playing in the third Ashes Test after suffering a painful Achilles injury. Katich is in extreme doubt for the game in Perth from December 16 after hobbling his way through the past two days in Adelaide.

Alex Kountouris, the team physio, will review the scans with specialists on Tuesday to determine what happens next to the 35-year-old. It is a particularly worrying time for Katich to pick up such a serious injury as he is reaching the end of his career and any missed Tests would provide an opportunity for a young player such as Phillip Hughes.

The problem forced Katich to run like he was barefoot on boiling bitumen during his brave 43, after he refused all sorts of offers for assistance from his team-mates. "It was an inspirational performance really," Michael Hussey said. "In the field I was trying to get him to go to gully and he wouldn't have a bar of that, he wanted to stay out in the field. We were trying to get him in the slips, he wouldn't go to the slips. His stubbornness is a big characteristic of him."

Katich eventually ended up at first slip and caught Kevin Pietersen for his career-best 227. Hussey also suggested opening to give Katich extra rest. "He said, 'Nah, I'll make sure I'm there, it's my job, I've got to do it'," Hussey said.

Australia required a strong start as they chased the 375 needed to make England bat again and Katich put on 84 with Shane Watson for the first wicket. He was caught short without facing a ball in the first innings and declined a runner despite the relief it would have provided. The pain was particularly nasty when he had to sprint.

"I'm not exactly sure on the extent of the injury, but it obviously doesn't look too good," Hussey said. "Hopefully he can recover pretty quickly."

England also had a scare when Stuart Broad complained of a stomach muscle problem, but he was able to bowl in the nets during tea and returned to the field in the final session. The tourists will need all the help they can get on the last day as they rotate their four specialists and Paul Collingwood.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by Biixx on (December 7, 2010, 1:05 GMT)

@ Mad_Hamish. Averages are deceptive. Recently, Hughes has had good form - recently won a match for NSW on his batting alone.

Hughes has had better form coming into the ashes than Usman even. And England previously had the leg up on Hughes due to him having difficulty with the short ball. I expect since a year ago, he would have worked on that weakness, and he didnt seem to have too much trouble against it in Australia A v England.

So Hamish, it is a logical call up.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (December 6, 2010, 22:56 GMT)

Why is Phil Hughes even being mentioned? He's averaging 28 in first class cricket this season and has previously been found out by England.

Posted by katandthat3 on (December 6, 2010, 22:41 GMT)

i hope the Kat is alright for Perth, he's pretty essential to our side. He and Watson have got us off to plenty of good starts, it's our middle order that's a concern. Ponting really needs to fire. Shaun Marsh should be considered for Perth if the Kat is out as he's excellent against the short ball and it's his home track. As hard as it's been in these tests, it's only going to harder when Ponting, Hussey and Katich retire. Need to go back to what we did during the mid to late 80's with Simmo and be the best fielding side and work our arses off with basics. Some of the tactics smack of desperation, Nielson might be a nice bloke but he's not a tactician and Australia need to be smarter with the stock they have over the next few years.

Posted by Spudaust81 on (December 6, 2010, 21:11 GMT)

Actually guys....odds on that it's Achilles tendinopathy, which is neither a bone or a muscular injury. The same problem that Mathew Hayden suffered in the later stages of his international career. It can either settle quickly or drag on for months. Fingers crossed! :)

Posted by popcorn on (December 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT)

Katich has time to recover befoe the Perth Test.It is just a muscular strain.If he had bone damage, he would never have been able to play and run the way he did. Phil Hughes is not a grafter.he is not suitable as an opener. We saw that in he Ashes 2009. The Englishmen found him out - why inflict pain on ourselves?

Posted by Something_Witty on (December 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT)

It was a great innings from Katich. I really hope he isn't injured badly, as he and Watson are all that is holding our batting lineup together at the moment. Still, if he cannot play in Perth, that might give a great opportunity for Phil Hughes to come back in.

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