Thursday 20 September 2007 

Ricky Ponting Cleared To Tour India

Cricket Australia's National Selection Panel (NSP) today confirmed Australian captain Ricky Ponting would remain in the squad for the upcoming Travelex tour of India despite being ruled out of the remaining of the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa with a hamstring strain.

NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch said from South Africa today that Ponting would continue his rehabilitiation in South Africa before departing with the rest of the Australian squad next week.

"Ricky Ponting is making excellent progress following his hamstring strain in the game against Pakistan on Tuesday. Ricky will be coming on the Travelex Tour of India and will resume playing as soon as he is medically cleared," Hilditch said.

"Brad Haddin has been added to the touring squad and will take part in the Indian tour until such time as Ricky recovers. Although Ricky's injury is very disappointing it gives us an opportunity to recognise the outstanding performances of Brad Haddin domestically and in his limited opportunities for Australia in the past 12 months."

Australian physiotherapist Alex Kountouris, also with the team in South Africa, said Ponting was making good progress.

"Ricky Ponting is making good progress in the early stages of his injury and is on track to take some part in the Travelex tour of India," Kountouris said.

Kountouris also said Australian all-rounder Shane Watson would be assessed over the next 48 hours after leaving the field during today's game against Sri Lanka with hamstring soreness.

"Shane felt some soreness in the left hamstring during today's game and we will continue to assess this over the next 48 hours before any decision is made regarding his availability."

The Australian team is scheduled to depart South Africa for India on 25 September to compete in a seven game one-day international series and one Twenty20 game. The first match is scheduled for Saturday 29 September at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

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