Thursday, August 04, 2011

Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh out of England series

Posted by Admin On 10:33 AM

Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh will both miss the rest of the npower Test series against England, the Board of Control for Cricket in India have confirmed. It was previously feared off-spinner Harbhajan was out of next week's third Test at Edgbaston because of an abdominal wound, while batsman Yuvraj was struck a sore blow on the left hand during India's beat against their hosts at Trent Bridge.

They will be replaced by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and batsman Virat Kohli.Harbhajan was largely ineffective at Nottingham, as was his conflicting number Graeme Swann in a match conquered by seamers and batsmen.But it transpire the world's leading active wicket-taker was bowling through the pain of what has since been diagnosed as a grade one lower abdominal tear, which will stop him playing for the next three weeks.

The BCCI said:Yuvraj Singh has cracked his left index finger, and Harbhajan Singh has an abdominal muscle strain.While Yuvraj Singh's injury may take around four weeks to get well Harbhajan Singh is likely to get better in three weeks' time.The All-India Senior Selection group has picked Virat Kohli and Pragyan Ojha as their replacement. Both players will join the Indian team at the earliest chance.India are still hoping that Zaheer Khan, who was able to run without clear discomfort in training shortly after the end of the competition in Nottingham, will be able to return from his restrain injury to lead the attack again in Birmingham.

Destructive opening batsman Virender Sehwag too was in conclusion due to arrive in this country on Wednesday, after shoulder surgery, to try to somehow rescue a series India trail 2-0 with two to play and in which they will cede their Test number one status to England if they lose the next match. Gautam Gambhir missed Trent Bridge because the elbow injury he suffered in the first Test at Lord's had failed to recover. The traveler hope the opener may be fit again soon.


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