Simon Katich, the Australia opener, was last night taken to hospital for scans to determine the extent of the Achilles tendon injury which has troubled him during the second Ashes Test, with teammate Mike Hussey admitting "it doesn't look good".
Katich kick-started Australia's fightback with 43 as the home side, set 375 to make England bat again, finished the fourth day on 238 for four in Adelaide. The left-hander was clearly suffering with the injury which restricted his mobility in the field and, when Australia began to bat, he soldiered on and hobbled between wickets.
"I'm not sure the extent of the injury but it doesn't look good," Hussey said.
Katich produced some stunning shots off one foot to rack up six boundaries before he was eventually dismissed by Graeme Swann, the England spinner.
Hussey continued: "It was an absolutely inspirational performance really. He's willing to show that he'll fight all the way even though he is on one leg, even the way he played, I thought he played really well considering he was obviously in a lot of pain.
"I even asked Ricky [Ponting, the captain] if he wanted me to open the batting and Kato said 'Nup'. He wouldn't have a bar of that either - [he said] 'it's my job I've got to do it'."