Khurram Shahzad’s Participation in Melbourne Test Uncertain Due to Left Side Discomfort:

Khurram Shahzad's Participation in Melbourne Test Uncertain Due to Left Side Discomfort:

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Fast Bowler Khurram Shahzad’s Participation in Doubt for Second Test Against Australia

Fast bowler Khurram Shahzad is uncertain for the upcoming second Test against Australia, citing discomfort in his left side during the series opener in Perth. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reported on Wednesday that Shahzad underwent an MRI scan following the team’s substantial 360-run loss, with the medical panel set to assess the results.

Despite an impressive debut at Perth Stadium where the 24-year-old claimed five wickets in a raw pace unit, Pakistan’s bowling attack is already hampered by the absence of injured quick Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, who opted out of the series for Australia’s T20 Big Bash League.

The Green Shirts’ ambitious attempt to secure their first Test victory in Australia since 1995 was thwarted by Nathan Lyon and the formidable home pace attack, leading to a comprehensive defeat within four days. Chasing 450 for victory, the visitors succumbed with Lyon taking 2-14, while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both secured three wickets each.

Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, expressed satisfaction with the team’s smooth build-up and execution of plans, highlighting Nathan Lyon’s monumental achievement of reaching 500 Test wickets.

Following Australia’s declaration on day four at 233-5, Pakistan was dismissed for 271 in their first innings in response to the hosts’ formidable total of 487. The second Test is scheduled to commence on Tuesday (Dec 26) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with uncertainty surrounding Khurram Shahzad’s availability adding an extra layer of challenge for Pakistan.

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