Mohammed Shami doubts first test against England with 6-week rehab on cards: report

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Mohammed Shami has been banned from the rest of the Test series against Australia.© Instagram


India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami is unlikely to play the opening test against England in February as a six-week rehabilitation program awaits him after a wrist fracture. The fast bowler suffered the fracture on his bowling hand during the series opening day night test against Australia in Adelaide last week.

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Shami was hit on the elbow by a short ball from Pat Cummins in India’s second innings last Saturday, which ended with a record-lowest score of 36 for nine at the Adelaide Oval. He was taken to a hospital for scans, which revealed a fracture.

“It is unlikely that he will play the first Test against England as rest and rehabilitation will take six weeks. Once the cast is removed, he will do his rehabilitation at the NCA (National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru),” said a BCCI source to PTI.

Shami, who had already been excluded from the rest of the ongoing four-game test series against Australia, left for India on Tuesday. India’s home game against England begins on February 5, with the first of four Tests scheduled at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Shami has been one of India’s most deadly weapons in recent years and his absence will certainly weaken the team’s bowling attack.

On the team’s final tour of Australia in 2018-19, when it made history by winning the country’s first test series Down Under, Shami performed admirably, finishing with 16 wickets.

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After receiving the blow, the team’s medical staff rushed to his rescue and after some deliberation, the player decided to walk back to the locker room.

After team physical therapist Nitin Patel applied what appeared to be an analgesic spray, Shami tried to resume the spanking but seemed uncomfortable and decided not to proceed.

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