Thatscricket- Cricket News - Kumble doubtful for Australian series
Published: Thursday, January 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
New Delhi: India's leading spinner Anil Kumble could miss the upcoming home series against Australia because of a troublesome shoulder injury, the cricketer said on Thursday.Kumble, who has been out of international cricket since April, said he was leaving for South Africa this week to consult noted orthopaedic surgeon Mark Fergusson in Johannesburg."I am going there to undergo physiotherapy," he said. "But if the doctor suggests orthoscopic surgery, so be it. I will know my situation by January 15 and will keep the Indian Board informed."If Kumble undergoes surgery, he could be out of action for at least three months, ruling him out of the Australian series, which starts in the last week of February.The absence of Kumble, India's most successful spinner with 276 wickets, would be a major blow for the hosts against the world's top Test-playing nation.Australia are scheduled to play three Tests and a Limited Overs series during the seven-week tour. Kumble, who developed pain in his right shoulder during the Sharjah tri series in April, missed the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, the ICC knock-out series in Kenya and the recent home Tests against Zimbabwe.He was hopeful of returning to cricket this month, when the pain reappeared after Kumble sent down a few deliveries at the nets in Bangalore. "I knew then that something was very wrong," Kumble said. "I want to be fully fit before I return to the game."