Australia seamer Scott Boland is expected to miss the final Ashes Test in Hobart, scheduled for January 14, due to a suspected elbow and rib injury.
Boland sustained the injury after falling on his elbow and ribs but continued to bowl despite the pain. He went for scans which cleared him to continue bowling in the fourth Test at the SCG. The Age reported that the Aussie quick continued to bowl with the injury by taking pain killers.
“With the help of painkillers, Boland was able to push through and continue bowling,” The Age reported on Tuesday.
Scott Boland made his Test debut historic in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and was awarded player of the match following his remarkable figures of six for only seven runs. He has now 14 wickets in four innings of the Ashes series at an average of 8.64 apiece.
Australia has been struggling with injuries right from the start of the Ashes as the lead pacer Josh Hazlewood was ruled out with injury concern after the first Test. Then, Jhye Richardson, who picked a five-wicket haul in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval is also unlikely to play in the Pink ball Test in Hobart as he too is dealing with injury issues after the Adelaide Test. Captain Pat Cummins also missed the Adelaide Test due to COVID-19 protocols.
Boland has been the standout pacer for Australia in this Ashes series. Queensland pacer Michael Neser could be a likely replacement for Boland if the Victorian is declared unfit. Neser played the Adelaide Test in absence of Cummins but was not included in the playing XI for Sydney. The hosts will also have to make a call between Usman Khawaja and Travis Head for the last Test.
Australia has already regained the Ashes and leads the series 3-0 with the fifth and final Test to be played in Hobart from January 14.