Australia sweat on Hilfenhaus injury
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:BW Hilfenhaus
Event:Pakistan in England 2010

DateLine: 18th July 2010


The fitness of paceman Ben Hilfenhaus is shaping as a concern for Australia ahead of the series-ending Test against Pakistan in Leeds starting on Wednesday. The fast bowler hurt his left shoulder diving to save a boundary on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord's.


Hilfenhaus was in obvious pain after the front-on lunge, although he remained on the field and sent down the next over to see how the problem affected his bowling. However, straight after that over Hilfenhaus left the field to receive treatment, and while he returned to the action, he didn't bowl again in the innings.


Hilfenhaus was without doubt the best of Australia's three fast men, as he used the cloudy conditions to curl the ball sharply back in to the left-handers and away from the right-handers. He finished with match figures of 3 for 74, more wickets than either Doug Bollinger or Mitchell Johnson managed for the game.


Johnson bowled well in the first innings but started to lose his radar in the second, often bowling too straight, and he struggled to 0 for 74 from 18 overs. Bollinger's battle with English conditions continued - he was disappointing in his only season of county cricket in 2007 - as he battled to find any swing and collected two wickets, both in the first innings.


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