Australian left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty has become the latest player to pick up an injury during the ongoing seven-match series against England.
Doherty has a back problem and has been ruled out of the remaining two matches, although there was some good news to report for Australia as Ricky Ponting came through his first training session since fracturing a finger during the Ashes.
“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," Cricket Australia (CA) 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.
“Ricky Ponting had his first training session yesterday since having finger surgery after the Melbourne Test match. 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.”
Michael Hussey, Nathan Hauritz and Shaun Marsh have also been sidelined by injuries during the series while England have lost Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Tremlett.
Australia lead the series 5-1.
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