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MELBOURNE: Pakistan’s young right-arm pacer Khurram Shahzad suffered an injury scare following his team’s crushing defeat against Australia in the first Test of the three-match series.

In an official statement, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared that Khurram Shahzad complained of discomfort in his left side during the Perth Test.

“Fast bowler Khurram Shahzad complained of discomfort in his left side during the first Test in Perth,” stated PCB.

“Following his complaint, Khurram was sent for an MRI scan after the match.

“Further details will be shared in due course after the medical panel assesses the MRI reports.”

Khurram Shahzad had a decent start to his Test career as he picked up five wickets on his debut against Australia in Perth.

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For the unversed, Pakistan succumbed to a 360-run defeat against Australia after their batting lineup unfolded at a mere 89 in the fourth innings while chasing a mammoth total of 450.

The touring side could yield 271 runs in their first innings in reply to Australis’s 487.

Pakistan, who were at the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table with a perfect, record, got another blow to their campaign when the International Cricket Council (ICC) penalized them for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Perth Test.

Pakistan were fined 10 per cent of their match fee and docked two ICC WTC points.

The sanction after a hammering defeat, consequently resulted in them slipping to the second spot with a winning rate of 61.11.

Two-time runners-up India benefitted from Pakistan’s demotion and reached the summit with a winning percentage of 66.67.

Australia squad:

Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitch Starc, David Warner

Pakistan’s squad:

Shan Masood (captain), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Aamir Jamal, Khurram Shahzad, Sajid Khan, Abrar Ahmed.

READ: Babar Azam returns to the top of ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings

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