Bollinger set for Ashes

Australia bowler to take part in Sheffield Shield game before first Test

Last Updated: 28/10/10 1:15pm

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Bollinger: stomach strain

Bollinger: stomach strain

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Doug Bollinger is expected to recover from the stomach muscle strain he suffered on Australia's tour of India to take on England in the Ashes.

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The fast bowler suffered the injury in the first Test against India and was also forced to miss the one-day series. He has been left out of the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka but is expected to return to domestic action before the Ashes.

Meanwhile, Simon Katich (thumb ligament) and Ryan Harris (knee surgery) should also be fit to take on Andrew Strauss' side in the first Test in Brisbane on November 25.

Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Doug Bollinger returned from India with a stomach muscle strain sustained during the first Test.

"He did not recover in time to be available for the ODI series in India. On returning to Australia, he had scans that have cleared him of any significant muscle injury.

"As such he will commence bowling next week and is likely to be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales against Tasmania starting 17th October, in advance of the first Vodafone Ashes Test."


On Katich, Kountouris added: "Simon Katich injured a thumb ligament prior to the first Test in India.

"Since returning home, he has seen a specialist who advised him take a short break from batting and then return to training. As such, he has not batted since returning from India but will do so next week.

"He will miss the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for New South Wales starting October 31 but is expected to be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield games starting November 10 and 17, in advance of preparation for the first Vodafone Ashes Test in Brisbane.

"Ryan Harris is making good progress with his rehabilitation from the knee surgery he underwent in July 2010.

"He is likely to be available for a Queensland Futures League game next week and will hopefully be available for selection for Queensland in a Ryobi Cup game on November 6.

"As long as there are no setbacks during this period, he will be available for selection for the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield game for Queensland on either November 10 or 17, in advance the of the first Vodafone Ashes Test, starting November 25."

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