Melbourne, Feb 25: The Australian walking-wounded list has just grown longer with fast bowler Doug Bollinger set to fly home with an ankle injury which may require surgery. Australia is already missing the services of Michael Hussey, Nathan Hauritz, Ryan Harris, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty and Shaun Marsh. But Bollinger is the first member of the squad to depart midway through the tournament.
The team physio Alex Kountouris offered a sound explanation for the complication that has bestruck Bollinger. "He's got a thing called posterior impingement," Australia's physio Alex Kountouris said.
"Basically, the bones at the back of the ankle, when he lands to bowl, one bone hits another bone and the bone becomes really inflamed and irritated. It irritates all the soft tissue around it as well. It's fairly common in fast bowlers.
Bollinger had encountered pain in his left ankle during the warm-up game against India, but the soreness then subsided, making him available for the match against Zimbabwe, only to intensify on the teams arrival at Nagpur. Peter Siddle becomes the obvious choice to replace Bolinger.
But the door has even opened for Michael Hussey as the batsman too could be called up. However, the selectors might prefer to use back-up seamer John Hastings who is already a part of the squad.
Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson comprise a destructive pace battery as they showed by dismissing New Zealand for 206 on Friday. The selectors will decide which player will join them over the next few days.