Sydney: Australia are facing an injury crisis ahead of their first Test against New Zealand with five players already ruled out due to injuries sustained on their tour of South Africa.
All-rounder Shane Watson (hamstring); fast bowlers Pat Cummins (heel), Ryan Harris (pelvis) and Mitchell Johnson (toe); and batsman Shaun Marsh (back) had all been ruled out of the match starting on December 1 at the Gabba in Brisbane, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
We unfortunately suffered some injuries during the recent Test series against South Africa, general manager for team performance Pat Howard said in a statement.
With such a short turnaround time between series, five players who were involved in the series will not fully recover in time to play the first Test against New Zealand. ...more
09:09 PM, Mar 24, 2008