Now, former pacer Nathan Bracken takes Australian board to court for negligence

Jul 22, 2013, 19:26 IST | Agencies

After facing allegations of racially vilifying South African-born former coach Mickey Arthur and a revelation about Michael Clarke considering Shane Watson a ‘cancer', Cricket Australia is set to be in more trouble as Nathan Bracken prepares to take the board to the New South Wales Supreme Court on July 31.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Bracken's lawyers have ''explosive'' documents that could put Cricket Australia's medical practices under unwelcome scrutiny and the former Australian fast bowler is also going to argue that CA failed in its duty of care to protect him from long-term damage as a result of his knee injury.

Nathan Bracken
Nathan Bracken retired in 2011 after the injury left him with a pronounced limp. Pic/AFP

Bracken has accused CA of negligence, claiming that as an elite athlete, the board failed to give him competent medical advice and is seeking compensation for lost wages, potential earnings in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore and other Twenty20 tournaments, sponsorship deals and for the career-ending injury.

Bracken has claimed that CA should have realised from medical scans that he needed to be referred to a specialist. He said CA failed to ''investigate, diagnose and treat'' the right knee he injured the day before a one-day match against England in January 2007.

Bracken alleged CA's failure to refer him to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and to limit his training and playing commitments combined to ruin his career, which included five Tests and 116 one-day internationals.

He said a consequence of the organisation's alleged negligence was he could not straighten his right leg and the knee swells and leaves him in pain if he runs.

Bracken, 35, retired in 2011 after the injury left him with a pronounced limp, the report added.  

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