Kumar ruled out of Australia Tests

Tue, 29 Nov 11:15:00 2011

India paceman Praveen Kumar will miss the Tests against Australia as well as the one-day series with West Indies because of a fractured rib.

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On Monday, the Indian cricket board said a chest problem would sideline the player for the first three games of the series against West Indies but the full extent of the injury was then discovered later in the day.

"Praveen Kumar underwent a scan yesterday evening and was found to have a fractured rib," said cricket board secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

"He is expected to recover in five to six weeks and has therefore been ruled out of the ODI series against West Indies as well as the Test series in Australia."

On Monday, the board named 22-year-old Abhimanyu Mithun as Kumar's replacement for the first three games of the five-match series against West Indies.

Kumar's replacement for the Tests in Australia will be named on Monday when the selectors meet to choose the squad for the last two ODIs.

Cuttack is hosting the first match on Tuesday followed by games in Visakhapatnam (December 2), Ahmedabad (December 5), Indore (December 8) and Chennai (December 11).

R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are the other fast bowlers in the ODI squad.

The hosts, who won the three-match test series 2-0 against West Indies, have also rested Sachin Tendulkar and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the one-dayers and will be led by dashing opening batsman Virender Sehwag.

India will play four Tests in Australia in December and January followed by two Twenty20 internationals and an ODI tri-series that also features Sri Lanka.


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