Unfit Butcher, Caddick unlikely for ODI tri-series

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 21:08 [IST]
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Manchester: An injury update on four of England's senior cricketers issued on Monday would not have made pleasant reading for chairman of selectors David Graveney.

Mark Butcher, who made 123 here in the Third Test here at Old Trafford against Sri Lanka, is set to undergo knee surgery on Thursday. The Surrey left-hander is expected to be out for three to four weeks but should be fit in time for the First Test against India at Lord's starting on July 25. That is not the end of Butcher's troubles.

On Friday he is due to face an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary hearing over newspaper comments he made about Sri Lanka's Ruchira Perera after the seamer's suspect action was reported by the umpires. Fast bowler Andrew Caddick, off the field on Sunday and Monday with a side strain where he has already been troubled this season, will see a specialist on Tuesday. The Somerset quick was rated "extremely doubtful" by an ECB spokesman for the One- day triangular series also featuring India and Sri Lanka that starts on June 27.

Left-arm spinner Ashley Giles has been struggling at Old Trafford with a back problem and will miss Warwickshire's One-day cup match against Kent on Wednesday. However, he is expected to turn out for the county in its Benson and Hedges Cup final match against Essex at Lord's on Saturday. Meanwhile fast bowler Darren Gough, who has not played a first-team match this season since returning home ahead of England's One-day series in New Zealand, is due for a net with Yorkshire on Tuesday.

His rehabilitation is then set to continue with matches for the county's academy and second XI teams "with a view to joining the England squad" ahead of its opening one- day match of the triangular series, against Sri Lanka, at Trent Bridge on June 27.

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