Ponting, Hayden will recover before India series

September 10th, 2008 - 4:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Brisbane, Sep 10 (IANS) Australia’s preparation to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India next month is moving in the right direction with skipper Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden’s rehabilitation process going on well. According to a report in The Courier-Mail, both Ponting and Hayden have made good progress in their recovery. Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris inspected both Ponting, who underwent a wrist surgery and Hayden’s achilles problem and seemed satisfied.

Both Ponting and Hayden missed the ODI series against Bangladesh but will be in the Indi bound squad that leaves Sept 21.

“Everything has been progressing exactly as we liked with Haydon,” Australian coach Tim Nielsen was quoted as saying by the daily.

“Ricky saw Alex in Sydney. The feedback was pretty solid, all good. He has just started batting again as well,” he added.

Nielsen said that the team management was focussed on getting Hayden fully fit before calling him at the nets. The opener hasn’t played since last summer. Ponting has also attended the nets in the past fortnight but has admitted he needs to step up his training regimen for the four-Test series.

The selectors are now searching for a middle-order replacement for Andrew Symonds, who is all but certain to miss the tour as he is undergoing mental rehabilitation.

“Until we have finalised everything with Roy (Symonds) and made those decisions, we’re probably not really willing to talk about it, to be honest,” Nielsen said.

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