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Harvey passed fit for one-dayers in India


MELBOURNE, Australia, March 13 (AFP) - Allrounder Ian Harvey will be fit for Australia's one-day internationals in India after overcoming a thumb injury, the Victorian chairman of selectors Shaun Graf said Tuesday.

Harvey missed the first innings Sheffield Shield win over New South Wales in Sydney Monday, after being struck on the thumb while batting in Victoria's previous game against Tasmania.

However he has been named in Australia's 14-man squad and is scheduled to travel to the sub-continent on Saturday along with the four other members of the squad not already in India -- Nathan Bracken, Michael Bevan, Andrew Symonds and Darren Lehmann.

Graf said Harvey would not face a fitness test before leaving for India but would likely be tested before the first of Australia's five one-day matches against India in Bangalore on March 25.

"If it hadn't been such a crunch game for us or there wasn't the Indian tour straight afterwards, Ian could have played against New South Wales," Graf said.

"It just wasn't worth risking him getting another knock on his thumb."

Graf said Harvey has been able to bowl in the nets without discomfort as well as hitting catches in fielding drills.

"He could have run in and bowled with full pace with no problems," Graf said.

"I don't think he's got any problems in being right for India."

Harvey was a key contributor with both bat and ball during the triangular series against West Indies and Zimbabwe this summer in which Australia claimed the trophy without losing a match.





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