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Australia batsman Khawaja suffers hamstring injury

 2015-11-14 10:20:17.0


Perth:�In-form Australian batsman Usman Khawaja faces an anxious wait to determine the extent of a hamstring injury which he suffered while fielding after tea on Day Two of the second Test against New Zealand here on Saturday. The hosts have already taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and have amassed a mammoth total of 559/9 declared in the 1st innings of the second Test.�Khawaja pulled up lame while chasing down a ball in the outfield, and immediately clutched his left hamstring.�The first innings centurion looked despondent as he left the field alongside team doctor Peter Brukner, reports It isn't Khawaja's first hamstring problem since his return from a knee reconstruction surgery earlier this year. He missed the majority of the Matador One-Day Cup campaign with Queensland due to a muscle strain suffered during sprint training. Prior to the first Test in Brisbane, Khawaja assured the media that both his knee and hamstring were fully recovered.�"I'm fine, I can do everything -- I can turn left and right, I am 100 percent," he had said. "I have done a lot of rehab the past eight months, I just had to do it five days a week, non-stop, because I didn't want to come back after all that and not have done everything I can to come back and do it again. I had to make sure I ticked all the boxes to come back." �A maiden Test hundred followed, in which Khawaja batted for more than six hours for his 174. The left-hander was at it again on Friday in oppressive heat, making 121 across another four-hour stint at the crease. (IANS)

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