West Indies were dealt a major blow on the second morning of the first Test, with attack spearhead Jerome Taylor forced from the field and in doubt for the remainder of the match with a left hip injury. Taylor sustained the problem on the first day at the Gabba, managing just nine overs, and was absent from the field entirely on Friday.

"He had some Tests done with the physio," Denesh Ramdin said. "We will have to see how it goes. He's one of our best bowlers at this ppoint in time. It will be hard for us if we need to rest him."

Taylor's absence left West Indies with a vast fast bowling vacuum. Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul - with a combined two Tests' experience - were called upon to shoulder the pace duties on Friday along with allrounder Dwayne Bravo. The trio can expect more of the same if the Australians take to the crease for a second innings and Taylor remains on the sidelines.

Taylor was ruled out of the tour match against Queensland due to general stiffness, and experienced problems early in the first Test. Having removed Shane Watson in the third over of the day, Taylor returned for a second spell on Thursday and reported soreness in the hip. Roach, who fronted the media after stumps on day one, expressed confidence Taylor would recover for the second day's play, however his condition deteriorated overnight. His further participation in the match is uncertain.

Taylor's injury follows the one sustained by senior batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan on the eve of the Test. Sarwan injured his back during a training drill on Wednesday and was subsequently ruled out of the match. He is expected to be available for the second Test in Adelaide.

Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo