Australian opener Usman Khwaja might not be able to play against India in the home series. He injured his left knee during warm up before the third day, in the second Test against Pakistan. Because of his absence, Australia played Shaun Marsha after Pakistan put up a massive total of 538 with 6 sessions remaining.
After scans, it was revealed that it wasn’t just a knee twist but a cartilage tear. This could potentially put Khwaja out of action for up to two months.
He was instrumental in managing a draw in the first Test after batting for more than 125 overs and scoring 141 runs. After hi early untimely dismissal in the second Test, Australia choked and was all out at 145 only, conceding a massive 137-run lead.
Another unfortunate incident was when Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain was struck near his left ear while he tried to duck Peter Siddle’s short delivery on Thursday.
On Friday he started complaining of headaches during the match and was pulled out. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary scans. In his absence, Asad Shafiq captained the team while Mohammad Rizwan played the wicketkeeper.