Sydney: Fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz was on Sunday drafted into the Australian One- day team to tour India, replacing Brett Lee who has withdrawn with a stomach injury.
The 31-year-old Queenslander comes into the squad on the back of an outstanding season with Glamorgan in English county cricket. He has played 16 One-day Internationals (ODI) for Australia, the last almost five years ago in February 1999. Kasprowicz enjoys a good track record in India, having come up trumps during Australia's tour in 1998 when his fellow fast bowlers were struck down by injuries. Ranked among the best was his 5 for 28 at Bangalore in the third Test. The selectors resisted the temptation to bring in an up and coming bowler to replace Lee, instead seeing Kasprowicz's experience as a virtue.
Kasprowicz has played 17 Tests. "With injuries to our senior bowling line-up, we felt that on this occasion it was necessary to look for another experienced bowler," said chairman of selectors Trevor Horns. The Australians will go into the triangular series, which will feature the home side and the touring New Zealanders, with a second-string bowling attack. Pace spearheads Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie have joined Lee on the injury list while Shane Warne is serving his ban. Injured batsman Darren Lehmann will also miss the tour.
Squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Adam Gilchrist, Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Brad Williams, Ian Harvey, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Michael Kasprowicz, Jimmy Maher, Damien Martyn, Andrew Symonds.