Balaji replaces injured Salvi for first two ODIs

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2003, 1:41 [IST]
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Chennai: Tamil Nadu's Medium fast bowler Laxmipathy Balaji has replaced Avishkar Salvi, who has been ruled out for the first two One-dayers of the tri-nation TVS Cup, commencing on Thursday, after failing a fitness test. His participation in the opener against New Zealand and Australia on October 26 at Gwalior was ruled out after he failed a fitness test on Wednesday, conducted in the presence of team physio Andrew Leipus, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary S K Nair said.

Chairman of the selection committee Syed Kirmani said that Salvi had split the webbing between his thumb and index finger of his bowling arm. Asked if Balaji will be in the playing eleven on his home ground, Kirmani said the team management would decide the team on Thursday. Meanwhile, Jacob Oram has been declared fit by the New Zealand team management and finds a place in the final eleven for Thursday's match, team management sources said. Other ten are: Stephen Fleming (Capt), Lou Vincent, Chris Nevin, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Scot Styris, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daryl Tuffey and Daniel Vettori.

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