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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 December, 2003, 09:57 GMT
Waugh survives injury scare
Steve Waugh recieves treatment from physio Erroll Alcott
Australia captain Steve Waugh is still on course for his swansong Test against India in Sydney despite picking up an elbow injury on day three at the MCG.

Waugh battled through day three of the third Test after being struck by paceman Agit Agarkar but medical staff say the injury is not serious.

"He will have some discomfort and we'll review his progress over the next few days," said team doctor Trefor James.

"I expect he will be able to continue in this game and play in Sydney."

Waugh was hit on the left elbow just before lunch.

The 38-year-old retired from the field hurt after the elbow began to swell up.

It was a great effort from Waugh, you wouldn't expect anything else from him
Ricky Ponting
But after ice treatment Waugh returned to partner his vice-captain Ricky Ponting and knock a determined 19 runs.

"He was struggling a lot, it was a big effort for him to come out and bat at all," said Ponting, who struck a career-high 257 in Australia's huge total of 558.

"It was a huge effort and it was probably at a vital stage of the game for us as well.

"The lead wasn't that substantial and he faced nearly 70 balls and we put on a 65-run partnership.

"So it was a great effort, you wouldn't expect anything else from him."

After a difficult 83 minutes at the crease, Waugh was trapped lbw by Indian spinner Anil Kumble for 19 but left the field to a standing ovation.

Australia finished the third day with a lead of 165 after reducing India to 27-2 in their second innings.

Waugh has decided to make the final Test, which starts on Friday, his 168th and last Test in the famous Baggy Green Cap.





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