Australia use team masseur Grant Baldwin as 12th man during historic Test

The historic day-night Test match that began between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide today had a surprise in store when the hosts called upon their masseur Grant Baldwin as the 12th man. Baldwin took field in place of Mitchell Starc, who left the field after he suffered pain in his right ankle which was later diagnosed as a stress fracture.

Baldwin, the 28-year-old therapist then took the field in place of a usual 12th man which is generally provided by the state cricket association. Baldwin has reportedly played for Australian domestic side Victoria’s second XI in the past.

He filled in for Starc, who limped off the ground on the opening day of play after taking three New Zealand wickets. He has been ruled out of the match following stress fracture. However, he will bat, if required, in the Test.