Krejza in doubt with ankle injury
The offspinner Jason Krejza is in doubt for the second Test against New Zealand in Adelaide after suffering an ankle injury at training. Krejza limped off the Adelaide Oval with the assistance of the Australia team physio Alex Kountouris following a mishap during a fielding drill.
Krejza fell to the ground during catching practice and was in obvious pain and initially attempted to hobble off the field unaided. A Cricket Australia spokesman told AAP Krejza was being treated for a swollen right ankle and his availability for the Test was yet to be determined.
If he is unavailable for the Test, which starts on Friday, it would be a major blow for Krejza, who was unlucky to be overlooked for the Gabba Test having taken 12 wickets on debut in Nagpur. It would also create a selection dilemma for Australia, who were keen to have a specialist spinner in the attack at the Adelaide Oval.
The legpsinner Cameron White played all four Tests on the recent tour of India but the selectors asked him to return to Victoria to get more bowling under his belt. His fellow Victoria legspinner Bryce McGain was the first choice slow bowler in India but is out for several months following shoulder surgery.
Beau Casson, the left-arm wrist-spinner who made his Test debut in the West Indies this year has had a horror start to the summer and has one Sheffield Shield wicket from four games. He has also had several injury concerns, including a dislocated finger picked up in New South Wales’ most recent match.
The dire state of Australia’s spin-bowling stocks is shown up in the Sheffield Shield statistics. The leading wicket-taker among spinners this season is the Western Australia batsman Marcus North, whose part-time offbreaks have brought him eight victims at 33.62.