Bevan hopes to play in World Cup opener vs Pakistan

Published: Monday, January 27, 2003, 22:25 [IST]
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Sydney: Michael Bevan said on Monday that he may play in Australia's World Cup cricket opener against Pakistan in Johannesburg early next month after receiving positive news on his groin injury.

Bevan, who injured his groin while batting last weekend, is set to join bowlers Glenn McGrath (back), Jason Gillespie (elbow), and Shane Warne (shoulder) in Australia's February 11 match against Pakistan. One-day specialist Bevan said his chance of playing any cricket in Africa was dashed immediately after straining his right groin while batting in the second triangular One-day series final in Melbourne on Saturday. But the prognosis improved radically on Sunday after scans and a consultation with Australian Cricket Board medical officer Trefor James. "It's not a case of being rested (for the first game) it's a case of will I be fit," Bevan said on Monday. "I'd like to think I'd play that, and the best case scenario seems to suggest that I will be fit around that time." Bevan said Australia's injury woes were similar to those experienced by England this summer. "(But) the great point about the Australian cricket team is we've got a really great squad and a lot of guys have stepped up to the plate and performed when guys like McGrath and Gillespie have been injured," Bevan said. "It's a similar situation but different squads completely."

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