Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken has become the second high-profile player in as many days to be ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy before his country has even played a match.
Bracken is to return to Australia after a knee injury ended his chances of helping his side defend their title while yesterday, India's Yuvraj Singh was sidelined for six weeks with a fractured finger.
The Indian board nominated Virat Kohli to replace him and Australia are yet to decide who to send to South Africa as Bracken's replacement.
"The nature of Nathan's right knee problem has meant that he has had some ongoing manageable pain, but this has now reached a point where he is unable to continue playing in the ICC Champions Trophy," physio Alex Kountouris confirmed in a statement.
"He will return to Australia to consult a knee specialist for an opinion on the best course of action. His return to cricket will be determined after consulting the specialist."
Australia open their campaign against the West Indies on Saturday 26th September in Johannesburg.
Other players to have missed the tournament because of injury include England pair Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen while Herschelle Gibbs, Younus Khan, Jacob Oram, Ian Butler and Kemar Roach have all picked up injuries since arriving in South Africa.
Bracken could be a big miss for Australia, as he is a proven performer in the limited overs game having taken 174 wickets in 116 ODI matches and he lies in 30th place in the (full ICC members).
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