Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hopes ruled out of ODI series

Australia have suffered another blow in their bid to win the ODI series against India with James Hopes following Tim Paine and paceman Brett Lee home.

Hopes damaged his right hamstring during the first ODI at Vadodara and will return to Brisbane to continue his recovery.

Lee's elbow injury ruled him out of the series on Friday, a day after Paine broke a finger in the second match in Nagpur.

Yesterday the tourists suffered a six-wicket defeat in Delhi to go 2-1 down in the seven-match series, which continues in Mohali tomorrow.

Australia physiotherapist Kevin Sims said: "James has done everything he can with medical staff to try and make himself available for the remaining games of the tour of India.

"However, due to the compressed nature of this tour and his speed of recovery so far we feel now we have insufficient time to have James fully fit to take part in the remaining games.

"Therefore James will return to Australia where he will continue his rehabilitation."
Australia have called up Victoria fast bowler Clinton McKay in place of Lee, starting from the fifth game at Hyderabad on Thursday.

They also confirmed New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques, who made his debut yesterday, will remain with the squad for the remainder of the series.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said: "Clinton is a young, promising bowler who performed well at interstate level last season and has recent very good form for Victoria in the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 in India.

"He will be very well suited to Indian conditions and we believe he is another young player who benefit from the experience of being in the Australian team set-up during this tour. We also feel he has the ability to perform well at the international level.

"With Moises having played in the last ODI game and James Hopes going home, Moises will now remain with the squad in India for the duration of the series."

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