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Ponting to remain with squad for India tour


pontingRicky Ponting will remain with the Australian squad for the seven-ODI tour of India beginning in the last week of September even though he was ruled out of the remainder of the ICC World Twenty20 with a hamstring strain.

Ponting strained his hamstring while running between the wickets in Australia�s Super Eights� match against Pakistan and completed his innings with the help of a runner. Alex Kountouris, the physio, said that Ponting�s recovery was progressing well and was hopeful that he would take some part during the one-day series in India.

�Ricky Ponting is making excellent progress following his hamstring strain in the game against Pakistan on Tuesday. Ricky will be coming on the tour of India and will resume playing as soon as he is medically cleared,� national selection panel chairman, Andrew Hilditch said.

�Brad Haddin has been added to the touring squad and will take part in the Indian tour until such time as Ricky recovers. Although Ricky�s injury is very disappointing it gives us an opportunity to recognise the outstanding performances of Brad Haddin domestically and in his limited opportunities for Australia in the past 12 months.�

Shane Watson was another injury concern for Australia after he left the field with a sore hamstring during their Super Eights� clash against Sri Lanka. Watson had come into the match as a replacement for Ponting.

�Shane felt some soreness in the left hamstring during today�s game and we will continue to assess this over the next 48 hours before any decision is made regarding his availability,� Kountouris said.

Australia are scheduled to leave South Africa for India on September 25 and would play the first ODI on September 29 in Bangalore.

Meanwhile, Australian paceman Shaun Tait will miss the tour of India due to an elbow injury, opening the way for swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, Cricket Australia (CA) said. Hilditch said Tait would remain in Australia to concentrate on recovering from surgery to his troublesome right elbow.

�Unfortunately Shaun hasn�t recovered in time from his surgery to be able to take part in the upcoming tour to India,� Hilditch said in a statement issued late on Wednesday.

Source:Cricket News

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