Hopes ruled out; Lee, Johnson doubtful for Nagpur

Hopes ruled out; Lee, Johnson doubtful for Nagpur

All-rounder James Hopes was ruled out of the second match in Nagpur on Wednesday while pacemen Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson remain doubtful starters with a sore elbow and a left ankle strain respectively.

According to a release from Cricket Australia, Hopes, who suffered a right hamstring strain during the first match here on Sunday, will not be available for Wednesday’s game.
“Hopes suffered a minor right hamstring strain. He will therefore be unavailable for the next game. However, he is expected to be available for the latter games of the series,” team physio Kevin Sims said.

Updating the injury list after the opening match, Sims added that Lee complained of right elbow soreness while Johnson picked up a left ankle problem. “Brett Lee has a mild right elbow strain and will continue to be treated and assessed prior to the next game,” said Sims.

Lee, who joined the national squad only on Saturday night after helping NSW Blues win the Champions League, bowled just six overs in Sunday’s match which Australia won by a narrow margin of four runs.

Ricky Ponting had expressed his displeasure at many players, including Lee, joining the squad late following the final of the Champions League in Hyderabad on Friday.
As if the injuries to Hopes and Lee weren’t enough, left-arm paceman Johnson too suffered a minor injury on his left ankle. “Mitchell Johnson suffered an inversion strain on his left ankle.

“He will now receive treatment and his availability for the next match will depend on how he responds to treatment over the next two days,” Sims added in the release.

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