Australian opener Katich has scan on injured Achilles

Updated: Dec 06, 2010, 19:36 PM IST

Adelaide: Australian opener Simon Katich has had a scan on the injured Achilles tendon that forced him to hobble through his innings in the second Ashes Test on Monday.

The 35-year-old was clearly in great pain as he opened Australia’s second innings with a knock of 43, putting in doubt his fitness for the third Test in Perth starting on Dec. 16.

“Katto is obviously pretty sore by the way he was running between the wickets and I believe he’s had a scan,” said middle-order batsman team mate Mike Hussey, who offered to open in his place.

“I’m not exactly sure on the extent of the injury but it doesn’t look too good. We’re just hoping for the best, hopefully it doesn’t show up too much on the scan and he can recover pretty quickly.”

A spokesman for Cricket Australia said the results of the scan would not be announced until Tuesday, when Australia rejoin the fight to save the second Ashes Test.

Bureau Report