Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir on Friday suffered from the side strain during the practice session before the start of the fourth day’s play of the third and final Test of Commonwealth Bank Series at Sydney against Australia.
The 24-year-old Amir who had played a pivotal role for Pakistan bowling department in the past did not start the bowling in the morning session after suffering from a strain in his left intercostal muscle.
During Australia’s second innings Amir did not take to the field, but he will be available to bat if required in the fourth innings after the scans revealed the marks of strain.
“He will be available to bat if required,” Amjad Hussain, the Pakistan Cricket Board Director Media was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia Website.
According to PCB report, Amir will be fit for Pakistan’s upcoming Victoria Bitter One-Day International series against Australia which is scheduled from January 13.
“Amir has returned to the ground after the scans. The MRI reveals a mark showing strain. Amir will take 3-4 days to recover and will be available for the ODI series in Australia,” Amjad said.
The right-arm fast bowler Imran Khan opened the bowling for Pakistan alongside leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Amir has bagged five wickets in the ongoing three-match Test series at an unhealthy average of 61.60.
On the second day of the ongoing Sydney Test, Yasir didn’t take the field after pulling the hamstring. Part-time leg-spinner Azhar Ali had bowled 14-odd overs in his absence.
Earlier, in the Gabba Test, Amir had an injury scare on day one while digging his right knee into the ground at the boundary line before conceding an easy four to Australian middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb. Amir was seen limping before being stretchered off the ground.
Amir returned to the ground while giving a thumb up to the teammates and crowd to take the second new pink ball which was equally a good sign for worried Pakistan camp.