Gillespie on track despite stress injury

Published: Monday, April 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has been forced to withdraw from this month's Prime Minister's XI cricket game against an indigenous team in Canberra after precautionary scans revealed a stress reaction in his left foot. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said the injury will sideline Gillespie until the beginning of next month. Despite the setback, Gillespie remains available for selection in the Ashes squad that leaves for England at the end of May. Australian team doctor Trefor James said he was confident Gillespie would be fit to take his place in the squad if selected. "At this stage the foot injury prevents Jason from playing cricket for all of April," said James. "He will be re-examined at the beginning of May at which time I would expect him to start three weeks of fitness activity in preparation for the tour. "The injury is being properly managed and I am confident that Jason will be fit for the Ashes tour." A replacement for Gillespie in the Chairman's team is expected by Thursday.

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