Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of the One-Day International series in India and has been replaced in the squad by Victoria team-mate John Hastings.
“During the past week, James has complained of some back stiffness during preparation for the second Test of the VB Tour of India in Bangalore," physiotherapist Kevin Sims explained.
“James’ symptoms were consistent with a low back bone stress injury and scans have confirmed the early stages of a low back stress fracture.
“He has therefore been withdrawn from the one-day squad` as he will require a period of rest from bowling. He will be closely monitored by Victorian and Cricket Australia medical staff to determine his return to cricket."
National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch commented:
“John Hastings performed very well at interstate level last year across all formats of the game. These efforts saw him rewarded with the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal and the NSP sees him as a very exciting prospect.
“It is disappointing for James Pattinson to suffer an injury at this stage however it does present a great opportunity for John to show his potential at international level prior to selection for the 2010-11 ICC Cricket World Cup on the sub-continent.”
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