Injuries to captain Shaun Marsh and key paceman Joel Paris have soured WA’s opening-day Sheffield Shield dominance against Queensland at the Gabba.
Veteran run machine Marsh retired hurt, on six off 10 balls, early in his innings after a left calf strain in what looked like an innocuous incident running between wickets.
It compounded the team’s injury woes after luckless left-armer Joel Paris went down with a left hamstring issue while bowling.
Both players, who have a history of soft-tissue injuries, will be further assessed in the next 24 hours before WA Cricket determines if they can return for the remainder of the match.
Paris did the early damage as WA rolled Queensland for 129 late in the second session on day one, getting rid of dogged opener Bryce Street for a 15-ball duck and Test No.3 Marnus Labuschagne (first-ball duck) next delivery on his way to 2-19 from nine overs.
Marsh, 38, came in second ball of WA’s innings after Cameron Bancroft fell for a golden duck, combining with teenage debutant Jayden Goodwin (10 off 26 balls) before he trudged off the field with WA Cricket’s head physio Nick Jones.
Goodwin, who father Murray played in Marsh’s first-class debut more than two decades ago, departed soon after to leave WA 2-18.
WA will resume on day two at 2-108, trailing by 21 runs, with Test allrounder Cam Green (48no) and Australian limited-overs gloveman Josh Philippe (36no) at the crease after they steadied the ship.
“Joel sustained a left hamstring injury whilst bowling first innings and Shaun has sustained a left calf injury,” WA Cricket said in a statement.
“Both will be assessed further across the day and tomorrow to determine their participation in the rest of the match.”
Queensland quick and Test aspirant Michael Neser limped off late in the day without completing his ninth over.