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Injured Bollinger out of World Cup

Brydon Coverdale in Nagpur

February 25, 2011

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Doug Bollinger charges in, India v Australia, World Cup warm-up match, Bangalore, February 13, 2011
Doug Bollinger joins Australia's long list of injured players © Getty Images

Australia's injury worries have worsened with Doug Bollinger to be sent home from the World Cup due to an ankle injury that may require surgery. The Australians came to India already missing Michael Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Marsh due to injuries, but Bollinger is the first member of the squad to be flown home mid-tournament.

Bollinger suffered pain in his left ankle during the first warm-up game against India and although the soreness eased and he was available for Monday's match against Zimbabwe, the problem intensified when the team arrived in Nagpur. Peter Siddle would be the logical replacement for Bollinger, but the selectors have not yet decided on who should join the squad.

The ICC has also confirmed that withdrawn players can return to replace other injured men, meaning the door has been opened for Michael Hussey to make a potential dash to the World Cup. However, the Australians would most likely prefer a backup fast bowler to replace Bollinger, with John Hastings the only reserve seamer in the touring party.

"He's got a thing called posterior impingement," Australia's physio Alex Kountouris said. "Basically, the bones at the back of the ankle, when he lands to bowl, one bone hits another bone and the bone becomes really inflamed and irritated. It irritates all the soft tissue around it as well. It's fairly common in fast bowlers.

"Brett Lee has had five or six lots of surgery on that in the past. It's reasonably common but he [Doug] has never had it before, so we thought we'd push it for as long as we could go, and he just can't go any further at the moment. We need to take him out of cricket for a while, whether he needs just rest or needs other treatment, maybe even surgery, that will be decided in the next few days."

Bollinger will have scans in Australia to determine whether he will need an operation and if that is required, he will have several months to recover before Australia's next Test tour, to Sri Lanka in August. The problem first appeared towards the end of the recent one-day series against England, but the pain did not become significant until the team was preparing for the match against New Zealand.

"It was only when he bowled yesterday here it became really sore again," Kountouris said. "He tried bowling again today and he was really sore today, so based on that, based on the sort of injury it is we're going to send him back to Australia and look at what our options are for treatment."

Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson, again proved themselves a formidable trio by dismissing New Zealand for 206 on Friday. The selectors will decide which player will join them over the next few days.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by John on (February 27, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

To the gus that say that Greg ruined India cricket, don't be concerned about his affect on Oz. There are a few guys who got there before him. (You know who you are!) That's why there is a review going on. Let's see where Greg is in the mix after it is all over.

Posted by Craig on (February 26, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

Too right Witty, and if has to undergo surgery I doubt that is something he would do if it wasn't a genuine injury. Talk about taking one for the team! Won't stop the haters though.

Posted by J Ranjith on (February 26, 2011, 8:51 GMT)

Bollinger with his injury was allowed to come into the team, while Mike Hussey was asked to stay away. Wonder what these aussie selectors were thinking these days? Hold on, Greg Chappell is there and that is no wonder! @Meety: Do you really think that Greg didn't ruin Indian Cricket? Just wait and see what he does to your team and after 4 years he would agree that he probably could have done differently. But yeah, in a way, thing about Greg is not a conspiracy, but a fact, the truth.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 26, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Bollinger, we really miss your awesome bowling and fielding, even batting cameos badly in this world cup 2011. Get well soon! Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Inderjit on (February 26, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

So no Dougy for CSK? Oh my thats sad

Posted by Gordon on (February 26, 2011, 6:13 GMT)

So how did Bollinger end up in the squad anyway?Surely if he was suspected of injury he should have been required to complete fitness tests before even leaving this country.Breaking down in the nets with no match bowling is obviously a sign that he's not fit,Dirk Nannes is a worthy replacement,Huss even better to glue middle order back together

Posted by Dandeboyina on (February 26, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

guys itll be PETER SIDDLE!!!!!

Posted by Sridhar on (February 26, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

Bring in Hussey ! He's their best player along side Watson. Timely "injury" !

Posted by Nik on (February 26, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

No worries. That entire list of injured,along with Billy n hussy will be 110% fit for. .......IPL!!

Posted by John on (February 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT)

Some absolutely ridiculous comments here. "A tactical move"?? LOL! Does anybody honestly believe that Dougy is going to PRETEND to have a very serious ankle injury which would probably see him sidelined for 6 weeks+, just to sneak a different player into the squad? Totally absurd guys, get real.

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