Fast bowler Peter Siddle has become the fourth Australian to be ruled out of the rest of the One-Day International series in India, and he follows James Hopes, Tim Paine and Brett Lee in being forced to return home.
The bowler, who first played for Australia in the corresponding Test series in India last year and has since become a cornerstone of the attack, has soreness in his left side.
Cricket Australia physio Kevin Sims explained the situation in a statement.
"Peter's injury does not appear to be a serious problem but it is unlikely he will be able to safely bowl within the next week which would therefore not allow him to have any further participation in the tour," he said.
"With this in mind we have made the decision that Peter will return to Australia where he will be reviewed by Cricket Australia medical staff to ensure he is available for selection at the beginning of the Australian summer."
Siddle bowled just five overs during Australia's 24-run win over India in the fourth match to level the seven-match series at 2-2 ahead of match five on 5th November in Hyderabad.
The National Selection Panel, which has already sent out Moises Henriques, Graham Manou and Clinton McKay as replacements during the series, will now meet to discuss whether or not to name another replacement.
Australia were already without Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Callum Ferguson and Brad Haddin due to injury.
© Cricket World 2009