Australia v England 2010-11 February 2, 2011

Doherty out of final ODI with back pain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia's run of injuries has continued with Xavier Doherty ruled out of the final ODI against England in Perth due to a back problem. The left-arm spinner Doherty was called in to the squad after Nathan Hauritz suffered a serious shoulder injury and was viewed as the likely World Cup replacement should Hauritz fail to regain his fitness for that trip.

However, Doherty played only two games before back soreness ruled him out of the Brisbane match, and Steven Smith has taken the lead spin role with some success. Australia's selectors have not decided whether to replace Doherty for Sunday's series finale at the WACA, where the fast men are likely to play more of a role.

"Xavier Doherty developed some back pain during the one-day game in Adelaide on Australia Day and did not train in Brisbane which allowed his symptoms to improve," the physio Alex Kountouris said. "He attempted some light training yesterday in Sydney and his back was again painful. As such he is unavailable for the remaining two games of this series. His return to cricket will be determined by monitoring his recovery over the next week."

Australia have had a growing injury list during the one-day series, with Ricky Ponting (finger), Michael Hussey (hamstring), Shaun Marsh (hamstring), and Hauritz (shoulder) all unavailable. Hussey and Hauritz are waiting on their World Cup hopes, while Ponting is expected to lead Australia in their title defence, after he batted in the nets at the SCG over the past two days.

"Ricky Ponting had his first training session yesterday since having finger surgery after the Melbourne Test match," Kountouris said. "As part of his recovery this was a restricted session and he is expected to increase his training intensity in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup. He has had no adverse effect from yesterday's session and has trained again today during Australia's batting innings."

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  • M on February 5, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    Has anybody told the IPL franchise that bought him as an all-rounder that? I thought he bowled in a T20 last summer... but I agree he didn't bowl often even last summer...

  • John on February 5, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @brisCricFan, I don't think White bowls any more. I haven't even seen him roll his arm over for years. He's pretty much a specialist batsman these days.

  • M on February 3, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    For all those that are pointing out AUS reduced spin options and claiming they aren't likely to win a WC - have a look at how the selectors have gone for Lee, Bollinger, Tait, Johnson and Hastings... it is obvious that they intend to play to take wickets with pace and swing not guile and spin. With that in mind, we need slow bowlers that can keep it tight and make the batsmen try to score off the quicks, increasing the chances of some loose dismissals. ... ... But on the slow ball options, can anyone tell me why we haven't seen WHITE with the ball this summer? Does he have an injury that hasn't been mentioned?

  • Andrew on February 3, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Shame about Doherty, the selectors MUST play a spinner in Perth. This is because I do not like the chances of a bowler recovering from a SHOULDER complaint & whilst I think Hauritz was poorly treated by the selectors, I felt his last return from injury (vIndia), was not convinving - we may have a repeat. With Doherty injured the question now is who? I see Gilly4ever - has put fwd Christian again, (he would of been my choice ahead of Hastings), but I think without some genuine frontline spinner we may find ourselves under manned in that department. @Cameron Skirving - i like the out of the box suggestion of Simpson, but I think he would be more of a T20 option. I think the main choices are O'Keefe (my preferred), O'Brien & Krezja. Given they are all NSW born & bred that would mean they all have a chance. Form wise O'Keefe & O'Brien have been great this summer - O'Keefe hasn't played many ODIs. Krezja is a dark horse as he is 2nd fiddle to Doherty.

  • Adrian on February 3, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    So who is playing in the World Cup? Has a decision been reached about Hauritz? If Doherty is unfit, then do we bother with a replacement spinner or go in with another pace bowler? Is this an opportunity to give Dan Christian a go? While not a spinner, he might be useful in the World Cup, as one of Australia's best domestic players and if we are going all-out pace why bother with a specialist spinner, especially an untried one.

  • Bryn on February 2, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    chill out doherty is probably just sore. and with the last odi here at the WACA he is probs not required he will still be there for the WC. GO AUS

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Oh, bad luck Xavier. Time to bring back Krezia, he can at least spin the ball. Gosh we have a lot of injuries at the moment. Here are some replacements for the injured

    Mike Hussey- Now that there is a question mark over Marsh's fitness, Ferguson would have to be replacement. He batted very well last night Nathan Hauratz- If Doherty not fit, Jason Krezia, he can spin the ball which is what we need over there Steve Smith- Chris Simpson. I have gone with Simpson because of his experience and if we have to replace Smith , we have to go with an allrounder and as Watson is in the side anyway I think we need a spinning allrounder. Simpson is the best of those.

  • John on February 2, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    With Smith needing a runner at Sydney after he hurt his hip, this series is taking a grim toll on both sides. Australia's spin attack is now David Hussey and Michael Clarke. If anyone thinks that's going to win the World Cup, they're dreaming.

  • Amahl on February 2, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Now what? This is highly concerning. Although Smith has bowled tidily through the series, we cannot hope that he will lead our spin attack in the sub continent. Him and D.Hussey are back ups at best who will serve to do a tidy job and pick up a wicket here and there. I think O'Keefe, with his useful batting credentials, would be a good addition to the squad in the circumstance that neither Hauritz nor Doherty can make it. Krejza may be considered as well but I think O'Keefe would be a much more reliable spinner to use. Hauritz seems unlikely so hopefully Doherty will make it as he has been quite impressive in the limited opportunities that he has had in ODIs.

  • David on February 2, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    add to that injury list McKay & Harris who would have been in the world cup squad, smith now looks in a little doubt (could be beneficia). who's the spinner if neither hauritz or doherty are fit? Krejza, O'Keefe maybe Beer (didn't have to be proven for tests) our options aren't so bad in limited overs.

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