Injured Balaji to miss Aussie series

Published: Friday, September 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Indian seam bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji, who sustained a groin injury, which forced him to pull out from the Indian team in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England will in all likelihood miss the forthcoming four-Test home series against Australia.

A Kolkota-based daily has reported team physio Andrew Leipus as saying that the Tamil Nadu bowler, could effectively be out of the national side for whole of this season. The swarthy bowler, who whipped up a mass hysteria with his sterling performances first in the tour Down Under and later in Pakistan, was beginning to find his feet in the international circuit and was instrumental in India's series-clinching Test triumph in Rawalpindi.

The injury to Balaji couldn't have come at a more importunate time, as the national side is already reeling under a series of injuries. Left-arm spearhead Zaheer Khan is already out cooling his heels on the rehab programme not to speak of master blaster Sachin Tendlukar, who is racing against time to be fit for the first Test against Australia in Bangalore beginning October 6.

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