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Mitchell Starc sent for scans after finger injury

Australian paceman Mitchell Starc has been sent for scans after suffering a gruesome finger injury late on day one of the Boxing Day Test.

Starc hurt the middle finger on his left hand while diving for a catch in the outfield, with replays showing the finger left awkwardly bent after the catching attempt.

The left-arm quick immediately left the field with a trainer following the incident, but returned shortly afterwards with the finger heavily strapped.

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Following the completion of day one, which saw Australia trailing South Africa by just 145 runs, spinner Nathan Lyon revealed that Starc had struggled to bowl in the nets after the injury.

“I don’t know what he’s technically done, but it doesn’t look the greatest,” he told

“He went out the back and tried to bowl, but I think it (felt) a bit different to be honest.

“Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game … all we can hope for is he gets the best possible result with the scan – he’s there as we speak.”

It remains unclear whether Starc will be fit enough to bowl in South Africa’s second innings.

After a tough year in 2021, Starc has regained some of his best form in Test cricket this year, picking up 34 wickets in 11 Tests at an average of 27.11.

The 32-year-old picked up seven wickets in the first Test win over South Africa last week in Brisbane, and has taken multiple wickets in five of his last six Test innings.

Starc picked up the wickets of Temba Bavuma and Khaya Zondo early on day one, finishing with figures of 2-39 off 13 overs.

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