Australia spinner Swepson faces lengthy time out with neck fracture

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Second Twenty20 International - Australia v India - Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia - December 6, 2020 Australia's Mitchell Swepson takes a catch to dismiss India's KL Rahul off the bowling of Andrew Tye REUTERS/Loren Elliott

(Reuters) - Australia leg spinner Mitchell Swepson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a rare neck fracture, his domestic team Queensland Bulls said on Wednesday.

Swepson, who played three Twenty20 matches for Australia against India in December, felt pain in his neck before the Big Bash League.

Queensland said in a statement scans revealed a stress fracture in the C6 vertebrae, an uncommon injury for spinners. Swepson will be ruled out from bowling for six weeks before undergoing tests again to decide his next course of recovery.

"I'm obviously extremely disappointed that I can't be out there playing for Queensland right now," said Swepson, who with 23 wickets was the Sheffield Shield's top wicket-taker in the first phase of the season in Adelaide.

"But I'm trying to remain positive and will be doing everything that I can to get some games in towards the end of the season."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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