Waugh's career could be over

Australia captain Steve Waugh was struck on the elbow and retired hurt during the third Test against India on Sunday, placing him in doubt for his farewell Test in Sydney next week.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2003 09:02 IST
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Australia captain Steve Waugh was struck on the elbow and retired hurt during the third Test against India on Sunday, placing him in doubt for his farewell Test in Sydney next week.

Waugh, 38, had announced the four-match series against India would be his last before retiring as the game's most-capped player.

Waugh, who came to the crease at 12.15pm local time on the third day's play at Melbourne Cricket Ground with the score on 373 for four, ducked into the second delivery he faced, a short ball from Ajit Agarkar, and was struck on the elbow.

The captain staggered away in pain and a large egg-shaped swelling appeared on his arm.

Waugh consulted team physiotherapist Errol Alcott beside the pitch before leaving the ground, stunning the crowd who had given him a standing ovation on his way to the wicket.

India lead the four-Test series 1-0. The fourth and final Test, at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 2-6, was to be Waugh's farewell in his home city.

First Published: Dec 28, 2003 08:55 IST