Peter Brukner and Alex Kountouris have worked relentlessly on Michael Clarke's back injury © Getty Images
Peter Brukner and Alex Kountouris have worked relentlessly on Michael Clarke’s back injury © Getty Images


Mar 11, 2014


One of the unsung heroes of Australia’s 2-1 Test series win in South Africa is that of the team doctor Peter Brukner and physio Alex Kountouris. The duo have worked relentlessly to keep the pacers especially Ryan Harris fit and then deal with the persisting back injury of Michael Clarke.


Ryan Harris was bowling with a loose bone in the knee on the final day of the second Test at Cape Town. Harris battled his way and picked up the last two wickets in the dying moments of the day to help Australia win the match.


“He couldn’t lift his leg off the treatment table on the morning of day four. We worked pretty hard on him during that day, and he bowled that afternoon. That evening he was very sore and it was the same thing the following morning — he got up and couldn’t lift his leg. By the time play started we managed to get him moving again. Obviously he was in discomfort during the day, but he’s a very tough, resilient character,” Brukner was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.


On the other hand, the doctor and physio had to deal with Clarke who had taken many blows on the body facing Morne Morkel during his unbeaten innings of 161. Explaining the impact of the blows Brukner added, “He was in a lot of pain. He didn’t sleep at all that night,” Brukner said. “Nothing was serious long term, just short term he was battered and bruised.”


While Harris will go under the knife this week, Clarke will get some much needed rest as the Australian team heads to Bangladesh for the ICC World T20.