Ponting likely to miss Champions Trophy

July 8th, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, July 8 (IANS) Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who underwent a wrist surgery, may miss the Champions Trophy in September. The surgery also put Ponting in doubt for Australia’s short one-day series against Bangladesh in August.

However, Cricket Australia (CA) medical staff are confident that Ponting will be fit for the four-Test series in India during October and early November.

Ponting was forced to return home after the third one-day international in the West Indies, with Australia going on to win the last two matches under Michael Clarke. Ponting had the surgery in Melbourne Monday after being reviewed by wrist specialist Greg Hoy.

“Ricky sustained a tendon injury that required repair of tissues that hold the tendon in place,” CA doctor Trefor James was quoted as saying in The Australian.

“Ponting’s recovery will be monitored in the coming weeks and a decision regarding his fitness for the upcoming series against Bangladesh and then the Champions Trophy will be made in due course.”

The timing is not all bad for Ponting, with he and wife Rianna expecting their first child in August.

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