Injury and compassionate leave have ruled batsman Mike Hussey and speed bowler Nathan Bracken out of the Australian squad for the upcoming tour of India, while captain Ricky Ponting is not fully fit, officials said on Monday.
The national selection panel said Adam Voges has been added to the injury-hit squad as cover for Ponting, while Brad Haddin would replace Hussey. Bracken has not been replaced. “Once Ricky has recovered to full fitness, Adam will return to Australia,” panel chairman Andrew Hilditch said.
All-rounder James Hopes has also been brought into the team to replace an injured Shane Watson for the Indian series, which includes one Twenty20 match and seven one-day games. Hilditch said Bracken was returning to Australia on compassionate leave to be with his wife as she prepares to give birth to his first child.
“It is anticipated that Nathan will rejoin the squad in India as soon as possible,” Hilditch said. “At this stage no replacement player has been called upon and we will take this on a day-by-day basis,” he added.
Hussey will also return to Australia after injuring his left hamstring during Saturday’s 15-run loss to India in the second semifinal of the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 in South Africa.
“Mike Hussey has strained his left hamstring and that will keep him out of the Indian series,” team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. The middle-order batsman was the third player in as many days to injure his hamstring at the Twenty20 competition.
Ponting, who is expected to miss the opening matches in India, and all-rounder Watson endured similar injuries in the previous two matches. Kountouris said there was no single reason for the problem but it was possible that “the hectic nature of Twenty20 cricket combined with soft grounds and the high frequency of travel may have provided the additional stress required to cause injury in players who are at the start of their cricketing season.” The Australian team is due to play the first match of their Twenty20 and one-day series against India on Saturday, September 29 at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
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