Australia batsman Ricky Ponting was withdrawn from a domestic match because of a hamstring injury seven days before the national team opens its Test series against top-ranked South Africa.
Australia will be without five injured players for next week’s series-opening cricket Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
England bowler Stuart Broad will miss the remainder of the Ashes with a stomach injury, while Australia opener Simon Katich is unlikely to play again in the cricket series because of an Achilles problem.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has a “small fracture” in his left little finger and didn’t take the field today as his team seeks a series-tying victory in the third Ashes Test against England.
Australia’s cricket captain Ricky Ponting has been ruled out of next week’s fifth Ashes test against England due to a broken finger.
Australia applied to Cricket World Cup organizers for permission to replace injured batsman Mike Hussey and spin bowler Nathan Hauritz in its 15-man squad.
Australia picked an extended 17-man squad including three rookies as players struggle with injuries and form before next week’s series-opening Ashes cricket Test against England.
"Michael Clarke has a longstanding low back injury that requires ongoing management."
- Alex Kountouris on Sep 30, 2013