Ben Hilfenhaus to tour India in place of Tait

Johannesburg, Sep 19 (UNI) Cricket Australia (CA) today named Ben Hilfenhaus as the replacement for pacer Shaun Tait in their 14-member squad slated to tour India later this month.

The 24-year-old Tait, who shot to limelight during the Caribbean World Cup, has been out of the Aussie Twenty20 World Cup team due to a right elbow injury.

The young Tasmanian pacer Hilfenhaus had earlier replaced him in Australia's Twenty20 squad in the last minute.

In a press release issued today, CA National Selection Panel Chairman Andrew Hilditch said from South Africa that Hilfenhaus would remain with the squad after the ICC World Twenty20 Championships and travel to India as Tait will remain in South Australia to continue his recovery from right elbow surgery.

''Unfortunately Shaun hasn't recovered in time from his surgery to be able to take part in the upcoming tour to India.

He is however expected to make a complete recovery in the next few weeks and commence preparation for what is going to be a very exciting Australian domestic summer,'' Hilditch said.

''His prime focus now is to prepare with a view towards making himself available for selection in the first three mobile test of the summer against Sri Lanka,'' he added.

Ricky Ponting's side is scheduled to depart South Africa for India on September 25 to compete in a seven-match one-day international series and a Twenty20 game.


Story first published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 20:35 [IST]
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