MacGill's report inconclusive; to undergo more scans

Sydney, Nov 29 (UNI) At last some ray of hope for Aussie leg-spinner Stuart MacGill after a specialist report on his hand and wrist was found to be inconclusive, which means he still has chances of playing the Boxing Day Test against India at Melbourne.

The 36-year-old spinner, who after Shane Warne's retirement spearheaded Australia's spin department, will now have scans next week hoping to resolve the long-term problem.

''He saw a specialist today regarding his hand and wrist,'' Cricket Australia spokesman said yesterday.

''Those examinations proved inconclusive and he is returning for more scans on Monday,'' he added.

The old-fashioned wrist spinner from New South Wales (NSW) suffered nerve problems in his bowling arm during the Hobart Test against Sri Lanka last week, following which he lost feeling in it and was unable to grip the ball properly.

MacGill also suffers from a degenerative knee condition which has put him in doubt for the opening Test againt India on December 26.

''(I) have had nothing confirmed at this stage by anyone qualified to do so but can guarantee you that I will not be taking the field again until I am at the top of my game,'' MacGill told 'The Australian'.

''(I) will do anything necessary to achieve that, including surgery.'' MacGill joins a long list of injury worries for Australia, including all-rounder Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke, Test openers Matthew Hayden and Phil Jaques.

Australia will play a four-match Test series against India next month which starts at Melbourne on December 26.


Story first published: Friday, November 30, 2007, 0:27 [IST]
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