Australia will protect information about player injuries so as not to cede any competitive advantage to England in the coming Ashes series, a report said on Monday.
Officials will not divulge the nature of any injuries suffered unless the player is ruled out of a Test match, according to Cricket Australia’s general manager of team performance Pat Howard.
With the first Test getting underway at Brisbane’s Gabba on November 21, Michael Clarke’s side already has players unavailable through injury — fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird, while the skipper has chronic back trouble.
“If a player suffers an injury that rules him out of the match, we’ll tell you,” Howard told the Sydney Morning Herald .
“But if it doesn't rule him out... we’ve got a chance to get a player up in a day or 36 hours to play. If he can play the Test match, and keep playing but he’s got a minor calf injury, really should we be telling you that?
“Every sportsman has got a little niggle. In a Test match, a player can play in 24 hours’ time. We can turn injuries around in 24 to 48 hours... it’s not like some of the other sports.”
The fact that players’ fitness problems can be turned around so quickly in a five-day match with the help of the team’s medical staff has convinced Australian management that the less they say the better, the newspaper said. — AFP