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Aussies delay naming Bollinger replacement

February 28, 2011 20:00 IST

Australia have delayed the naming of replacement for injured paceman Doug Bollinger in their World Cup squad till the later stages of the tournament, the selectors said on Monday.

"It's disappointing to lose Doug Bollinger from the World Cup squad through injury. However, we have decided to delay the naming of a replacement for him until later in the tournament," Andrew Hilditch, chairman of selectors, said.

Bollinger has suffered an ankle injury but the Australian pace attack is still strong in the presence of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait.

"Currently all our fast bowlers are fit and we have John Hastings in the squad ready to play if an opportunity presents itself. We also have cover in the event of an injury to (wicketkeeper) Brad Haddin or any one of the batsmen so there is seen to be no rush in making the decision.

"The national selection panel will make a decision as we approach the later stages of the tournament so we can select a replacement player who in our view will give us the best chance of success in the World Cup."

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