Faridabad: Australia were struck with another injury blow on Tuesday when speedster Michael Kasprowicz was ruled out of the tri-series cricket match against New Zealand at Faridabad on Wednesday.
Australia are already without four of their frontline bowlers in Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Shane Warne, and the latest setback has made matters worse for the world champions. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting confirmed that Kasprowicz would not be playing against the Kiwis but said his availability for the rest of the matches of the tri- series would be known after an assessment of his fitness in the next couple of days. Kasprowicz, who did not play in Australia's first match of the series against India on Sunday at Gwalior, sprained his hip muscle during nets on the same day.
"It is unfortunate (the injury to the bowler). We have not asked for a replacement yet. We will wait for a couple of days to see how bad it is," Ponting said after nets at the Palam Cricket Ground here. The Aussie skipper said the replacement would not necessarily be a fast bowler. "It could be a quickie or a spinner."