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Sep 20, 2008 at 05:18pm IST

Tendulkar doubtful for Australia Test series

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar could miss the four-Test series against Australia starting in Bangalore on October 9 after he pulled out of the Irani Cup tie between Ranji Trophy Champions Delhi and the Rest of India due to stiffness in his elbow.

"Sachin is still feeling slight stiffness in his elbow and Paul Close (National Cricket Academy physio) has advised him to skip the match. We (selection committee) will decide on a suitable replacement by tomorrow evening," Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar said on Saturday.

Tendulkar suffered the elbow injury during the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo in August and missed the subsequent One-Day series. He has not played any competitive cricket since then.

DOWN AND OUT: He suffered an elbow injury during the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.

He was selected to represent Rest of India to be led by Anil Kumble in the Irani tie, which is scheduled to held from September 24 to 28 at Vadodara.

He had earlier declared himself available for the Irani Trophy match.

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