Adelaide, Dec 7: After going 0-1 down in the ongoing Ashes series, Australia's woes have just been compounded. Opening batsman Simon Katich suffered an achilles tendon injury during the just concluded Test match at Adelaide. Katich has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes series and at the age of 35 he realises his battle to win back his Test spot.
"Three years ago, I was told I wasn't going to play again. So this to me, I don't know how it will be viewed - I haven't spoken to selectors so I don't know what their thoughts are," he said on Tuesday, referring to 2007 when his national contract wasn't renewed.
Katich's achilles injury flared in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, but he was adamant over his fitness to play the Adelaide Test.
"I went into this Test feeling fine but unfortunately having spent that amount of time out in the field and chasing the balls that I did, it got to the point where it was pretty unbearable to just even be walking around," he said.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Katich's injury was a "big loss". Katich has had an inconsistent time in the Ashes so far. He scored 50 and 4 in the first Test at Brisbane and in the second Test at Adelaide only managed a duck and 43.
Meanwhile, admidst the celebrations over England's first victory in the series, there was pinch of bad news as well. England fast bowler Stuart Broad has sustained a torn abdominal muscle injury during the fourth day of the Adelaide Test, which will keep him out of the rest of the Ashes series.
England medical officer Nick Peirce said the nature of the injury meant Broad would be ruled out of the rest of the tour. He will fly home this week for a course of rehabilitation. The injury will also keep Broad out of the one-day series that follows the Ashes, but he is expected to have fully recovered by the time of the World Cup in February.
"Playing for England in an Ashes series in Australia has been something I've dreamed of for a long time so to have that cut short by injury is devastating," The Independent quoted Broad, as saying.
"Injuries happen and there's nothing I can do about it other than make sure I get stuck into rehabilitation and come back stronger in time for the World Cup next year. This winter is a big one for the England team so my focus will have to shift to preparing for the World Cup," Broad added
Broad has struggled to impact in the Ashes thus far. In the first match at the Gabba in Brisbane, he took 1 wicket while conceding a cumulative of 90 runs in 40 overs. In the recently-concluded second Test at Adelaide, he again only took one scalp, giving away 71 runs from 29.5 overs.