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Noffke has injury scare

By Roger Vaughan 12/11/2003 07:46:46 PM Comments (0)

Given the state of top-level fast bowling in Australian cricket, the last news Trevor Hohns needed was Ashley Noffke had suffered another back injury.

But the back spasms which forced the Queensland paceman from the field on day two of the Pura Cup match against Victoria were receding by late afternoon.

More importantly for Hohns, the national chairman of selectors who is at this game, Noffke's problem was different to the injury which sidelined him for more than three months.

Queensland was 2-183 in its first innings, 198 behind Victoria's 9(dec)-381.

This match is Noffke's return to first-class cricket after that initial back problem, one of many injuries to Australia's elite quicks.

He thought the spasms were due to the heavy bowling schedule he has had over the last week at club and state level.

"I came off at the end of my spell because I was getting a bit of a back spasm, which is basically a lot of overs in the last four days," Noffke said.

"I'm just getting over it now, towards the end of the day, it's starting to loosen up.

"Hopefully by the time we've finished batting I will have plenty of time to be out there and have another bowl.

"The good part is it's nothing to do with what happened before."

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