Waugh misses practice match ahead of Test

Published: Monday, October 22, 2001, 15:55 [IST]
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Sydney: Australian skipper Steve Waugh was on Monday not considered fit enough to play in an interstate match before the first cricket Test against New Zealand in Brisbane.
Waugh, 36, was advised against playing by Australian team physiotherapist Errol Alcott as he continues his recovery from a bout of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Waugh has been back in training for two weeks since returning from the Ashes tour to England with a calf muscle injury and the resultant DVT. But unless he plays for his Sydney club Bankstown next weekend, as seems unlikely, Waugh will go into the first Test at the Gabba from November 8 without a hit out since his Ashes fifth Test appearance in August. While Waugh is unavailable Test paceman Brett Lee is back in action and was named Monday for New South Wales in its Sheffield Shield game with South Australia in Sydney starting on Friday. Lee has been out with a side strain injury but he took three for 49 from eight overs for his club Mosman on Sunday to demonstrate his fitness. Also recalled for NSW was fellow Ashes tourist and paceman Nathan Bracken, who injured his left bowling shoulder on the tour.

'Waugh to go into Test without practice match'
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