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Injured Mark Waugh to miss rest of Indian tour


INDORE, India, March 30 (AFP) - Australia's star batsman Mark Waugh has been ruled out for the three remaining one-dayers against India because of a fracture in his right hand, officials said on Friday.

Waugh broke a finger when he was struck by a rising ball from Javagal Srinath during his match-winning knock of 133 not out in the second one-day international at Pune on Wednesday.

He will watch Saturday's third one-dayer here from the sidelines before returning home the next day, Australian Cricket Board media manager Brian Murgatroyd said.

"The finger will be immobilized and Mark will see a hand specialist on his return to Sydney," the spokesman said.

"The healing period is expected to be around two weeks, but with a limited amount of time left on the tour, no replacement will be called up." Australian team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart said the injury was not serious.

"We're confident it's not a serious injury and at a push he could continue to play," Farhat said.

"However, we are taking a safety-first approach in the best interests of both Mark and Australian cricket."

Waugh said: "It's obviously disappointing to miss the last three matches on the tour, especially as I feel I've been in good form over the past few weeks.

"Personally, I feel I've been batting pretty well without always getting the results in terms of runs on the board in the Test series.

"I can take this opportunity to have an extra break ahead of an intense period of cricket for the Australian team starting with the tour of the UK in late May, if selected," Waugh added.

India won the Test rubber 2-1, while the five-match, one-day series is locked 1-1.





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