January 12, 2002

McGrath banned, Williams injured as Australia face up to South Africa

CricInfo Reporter

Australia's VB One-Day International Series campaign has been thrown into disarray with Glenn McGrath banned for the home side's next match and another fast bowler, Brad Williams, likely to be out of action for a month with a fractured right thumb.

McGrath was found guilt of dissent after being last man out in New Zealand's upset 23-run win against Australia in Melbourne on Friday. He will miss Sunday's match against South Africa, also in Melbourne, as a result. ICC match referee Hanumant Singh also imposed a two-match suspended sentence on McGrath.

Williams, McGrath's partner at the crease when Friday's game ended, was found to have a broken thumb after the game, the result of being struck on the hand by a lifting delivery from Shane Bond. Williams, who made 13 not out, was making his international debut, but is expected to take no further part in the series.

Sunday's match will be South Africa's first outing in the tournament.