Australian spinner Mitchell Swepson has suffered an uncommon stress fracture in the neck vertebrae, meaning he is likely to miss out on the remainder of the ongoing Sheffield Shield season. It has come out as a big blow for both the Bulls as well as the Swepson himself.
The off-spinner is in the form of his life. He is currently the leading wicket-taker in the currently going Sheffield Shield season. The 27-year old has picked 23 wickets in three Shield games, which includes three five-wicket hauls.
Reports have suggested the injury might want him to remodel his action as well.
“Not the ideal news to get with so much cricket left this season,” Swepson, still the Shield competition’s leading wicket-taker this summer, wrote on his social media.
“I’m staying positive and hoping that my neck heals fast allowing me to squeeze some cricket in before the end of this season.
“I definitely will not be remodelling my action, just a few minor tweaks to make sure I can keep spinning for plenty of years to come.”
Swepson was part of Australia’s squad for the T20 and Test series against India. While Swepson wasn’t used in the Test series, he played all three T20s against the visitors. The Australian cricketer was adjudged as the player of the match in the third T20I.
Swepson first felt the pain during the fag end of the Big Bash League. However, given that he only has to bowl four overs, he kept on playing. The cricketer has hopes that the gap between the Big Bash League and the resumption of Shield Cricket would be enough for his injury to get alight. However, he didn’t find a lot of improvement. As a result, the spinner went for the scans.
Mitchell Swepson has played 4 T20 internationals for Australia in his international cricket career. He has seven wickets to his name at an average of 15.1.