Friday, October 3, 2008

Mcgain to miss India tour

 

Bryce McGain’s tour of India is over after Australia Cricket Board today announced that he would be flying home due to his shoulder injury. McGain, the legspinner, on whom Australian team had high hopes, will be unable to bowl properly since putting a strain on his right shoulder while playing for Australia A match against India A last month.

Australia on the other hand have not yet decided to send a replacement for four-test series in India, which begins in Bangalore next Thursday. 

Beau Casson, the left-arm wrist-spinner, would be the most likely candidate for a call-up after playing a Test in the Caribbean this year, while the offspinner Jason Krejza is for now the only specialist slow bowler in the squad.

Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said McGain would have been unable to bowl through most of the tour had he stayed with the squad.

McGain, 36, was considered the first-choice spinner in the squad after beating Casson for the sole wrist-spinner's position. Had he played in India, McGain would have been Australia's oldest Test debutant since his fellow legspinner Bob Holland in 1984-85.

 

- CricVille -

Sandesh Kumar Jaggi

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