Achilles scan for Katich

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Simon Katich hobbles between the wickets during his innings of 43 today. The opener now faces a scan on his Achilles injury

Australia opener Simon Katich was taken to hospital for scans to determine the extent of the Achilles injury which has troubled him during the second Ashes Test, with team-mate 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 an Achilles problem which restricted his mobility in the field and, when Australia began to bat, he soldiered on and hobbled between the wickets.

"I'm not sure of the extent of the injury but it doesn't look good," said Hussey.

Katich made light of effectively playing on one foot to hit six fours before he was eventually dismissed by England spinner Graeme Swann.

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 today I thought he played really well considering he was obviously in a lot of pain.

"I even asked (Australia captain) Ricky (Ponting) if he wanted me to open the batting and Kato said 'Nope'. He wouldn't have a bar of that either - (he said) 'it's my job I've got to do it'.

"I've known Kato a long time and I don't expect anything less."

The third Test of the five-match series gets under way in Perth next Thursday.