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26 Dec 2022 | 10:04 AM

Mitchell Starc sent for scans following finger injury

The Australia pacer sustained the injury while attempting a catch at long-on

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been sent for scans after injuring his finger while fielding during Day One of the second Test against South Africa at the MCG. Starc got hit on his middle finger while looking to take a catch off Nathan Lyon's bowling when he was stationed at long-on. Starc was immediately taken off.

Lyon said that it was not ideal and also revealed Starc could not bowl as he felt a little different. 

"Not ideal, I don't think," Lyon told after play.

"He's popped off for a scan now. Fingers crossed we can get the best possible result with his scan. I don't know what he's technically done, but it doesn't look the greatest.

"He went out the back and tried to bowl, but I think it (felt) a bit different to be honest.

"Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game…all we can hope for is he gets the best possible result with the scan – he's there as we speak."

Starc suffered a bizarre injury not too long ago after he sliced his finger on his spikes while bowling in Sri Lanka. That kept him out of action for the rest of the white-ball series before making a successful return in Tests.

While Starc's further participation as far as his bowling is concerned remains a doubt, he can continue to bowl with a taped finger as the injury took place during the match. He would not have been allowed to bowl wit ha strapped finger had he been going into the game with it according to the ICC guidelines.

Starc finished with figures of 2 for 39 to help bowl South Africa out for just 189. Australia lost the wicket of Usman Khawaja early. The hosts still trail by 144 runs with nine wickets in hand.

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