x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Australia's Hopes dashed

The Australia all-rounder James Hopes will miss Wednesday's second one-day match against India while fast bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are also fitness doubts for the Nagpur game.

NEW DELHI // The Australia all-rounder James Hopes will miss Wednesday's second one-day match against India while fast bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are also fitness doubts for the Nagpur game. Hopes suffered a hamstring strain during Sunday's four-run win in Baroda, which gave Australia the lead in the seven-match series, a team statement said today after the players underwent scans. Lee has an elbow injury which prevented him from bowling in the final stages as India almost achieved a tough victory target of 293. Left-arm Johnson twisted his left ankle while fielding although he bowled his full quota of overs.

"Brett Lee has a mild right elbow strain and will continue to be treated and assessed prior to the next game," team physiotherapist Kevin Sims said. He added: "(Johnson) will now receive treatment and as with Brett it will depend on how he responds over the next two days before a decision is made on his availability for the second game of the series." * Reuters