Keemo Paul stretchered from field after suffering injury
Windies all-rounder Keemo Paul has suffered quadriceps injury on the third morning of the third Test in St Lucia.
While fielding during the fourth over of the day’s play. Paul set off in pursuit of a Joe Denly cover-drive off Shannon Gabriel. After initially sprinting at full tilt, Paul pulled up suddenly 10 metres from the rope and fell to the ground as soon as he had left the field of play.
Paul continued to receive treatment behind the boundary as play continued. But soon after that he was replaced by the substitute fielder, Jomel Warrican.
After a few hours, Windies announced that the all-rounder suffered a right quadriceps strain, adding that he was “unlikely to return to field before tea.”
But it was a very wrong prediction in the end. Paul’s injury is massive and he is likely to be out for six weeks or more. In that case, he will miss the ODI series against England.
Paul came in as a replacement of Windies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended from the final Test due to slow over-rate. And it was a good start for the all-rounder as he removed Keaton Jennings in his first ball. He finished with figures of 2 for 58 in the end.
Windies’ injury concern increase with Paul’s injury. Shanon Gabriel appears to be nursing a tight hamstring with his workload increased in his team-mate’s absence.