Australian news February 3, 2010

Back injury forces Brett Geeves out for season

Cricinfo staff

The fast bowler Brett Geeves will not be adding to his three appearances for Australia this summer after being ruled out for the season with a stress fracture in his lower back. The injury is a major blow for Tasmania, who remain in the running for a place in the FR Cup final and can still reach the Sheffield Shield decider despite struggling so far this summer.

Geeves is the Tigers' top wicket-taker in this Sheffield Shield campaign with 20 wickets at 26.70. He suffered soreness during their recent four-day game against Victoria at Bellerive Oval and scans on Tuesday revealed the stress fracture.

"Brett has obviously been leading our attack and has had a good season so far not only with the ball but with the bat as well," the Tasmania coach Tim Coyle said. "His spot in the team will be a tough one to fill so we will need to work hard to plug the gap. Brett will rest for six weeks before undertaking some basic core strength activity followed by intensive rehabilitation."

Geeves has played two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international for Australia and in December was called as a cover player for Peter Siddle for the Perth Test. He will join his fellow Tasmanian fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, who has a knee problem and is in doubt for Australia's tour of New Zealand, on the sidelines.