Michael Neser injured, Queensland vs NSW, Pakistan vs Australia series, Steve Smith, Will Pucovski concussion, video

A sidestrain suffered by Michael Neser could put his hopes of touring Pakistan in doubt after the fast bowler was forced from the field on Monday night during a one-day game at the Gabba.

The Queensland quick could manage just two balls when it took to the field following a long rain delay in the match won by NSW.

His over was finished by some medium pace from the number one Test batsman in the world, Marnus Labuschagne, who only made 13 with the bat, as Neser’s fitness was assessed by team medical staff.

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Michael Neser made his Test debut against England in Adelaide. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Neser, who made his Test debut against England in Adelaide in December, has only bowled five times in games in 2022 after spending most of January with the national team.

He was picked as part of a bulked-up 18-man squad for the tour of Pakistan, with the first Test starting in Rawalapindi on March 4.

His injury concern came just 24 hours after Steve Smith was forced off the SCG, with concussion. Smith will miss the rest of the Sri Lanka series.

Already Australian cricket is dealing with Will Pucovski’s latest concussion, which could see the prolific run-scorer have an extended absence from the game.

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His Queensland teammate, Mark Steketee, could be the beneficiary if Neser is ruled out having been nominated by national selection chief George Bailey as one of two bowlers, the other being Sean Abbott, who are on standby.

Selectors had already decided to rest fellow Test quick Jhye Richardson from the Pakistan tour, despite him being a part of the national T20 squad currently playing Sri Lanka.

The Monday night match, cut in half by wet weather, also allowed spinner Mitchell Swepson to take his tenth wicket for the season two months after his first having also spent a large chunk of the summer with the national squad.

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Swepson was released from the Australian T20 squad to roll his arm over in a game for just the fifth time in 2022, having bowled just two overs in the preceding Sheffield Shield clash against NSW which was done inside three days in seam-friendly conditions.

Bowlers were licking their lips again as the two teams suited up for the one-day clash with the home team limping to 7-105 off 24 overs before rain barreled down,

The peculiarities of the Duckworth-Lewis system meant the visitors were chasing three runs less than the Bulls made, in the same amount of overs, when they got their turn to bat.

The struggle continued early and while NSW lost regular early wickets in the small chase, the middle order settled and young gun Ollie Davies (26 not out) and Baxter Holt (21 not out) steered their team home.


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