Thursday, 24 September 2009

Injured Bracken will miss Trophy

Australia seamer Nathan Bracken has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy with a knee injury.

"The nature of Nathan's right knee problem has meant that he has had some ongoing manageable pain," said Australia physio Alex Kountouris.

"But he is now unable to continue playing, and will return to Australia to consult a knee specialist."

Australia will now select a replacement player, subject to approval from the International Cricket Council.

The likes of Doug Bollinger, Brett Geeves, Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes are likely to come into consideration to replace Bracken.

Australia play their first game of the tournament against West Indies on Saturday.

Bracken, 32, has taken 174 wickets in 116 one-day internationals, but has played only five Tests.

He took seven wickets at an average of 35.14 in Australia's 6-1 thrashing of England in their recent ODI series.

Kountouris added: "His return to cricket will be determined after consulting the specialist."

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