Doubts over Clark for second Test

Stuart Clark is a doubt for the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar series after he was ruled out of a practice session on Wednesday due to an elbow injury.

updated: October 18, 2008 17:19 IST
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Pacer Stuart Clark's elbow injury kept him out of Australia's practice session on Wednesday and team physio Alex Kountouris will assess him on Thursday to find out if he could be fit in time for the second Test against India starting on Friday.

Clark was nursing his inflamed elbow joint when his pace colleagues Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and the rookie duo of Peter Siddle and Doug Bollinger sweated it out in the nets at the PCA Stadium ground.

In case Clark fails to recover in time, either Siddle or Bollinger is virtually assured of winning their first Test cap.

Asked about Clark's chances of playing the second Test, Lee said, "I'm not going to make any prediction, it's best left to Alex Kountouris, our physio. The thing is he was in little discomfort and didn't practice today. But we are hoping him to get fit for the second Test."

A Cricket Australia spokesman said Clark would be assessed on Thursday.

"Alex will keep working on Clark tomorrow and assess him," he added.

The injury restricted Clark's contribution in the Bangalore Test and he bowled just 17 overs in India's first innings.

Though he bowled in the second essay as well, the discomfiture was all the more evident with Clark under-arming his throws from the boundary.