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Shane Watson out of Australia’s tour to Zimbabwe; Phil Hughes called as replacement

Shane Watson sprained his ankle and will return to Sydney from Brisbane for treatment© Getty Images
Shane Watson sprained his ankle and will return to Sydney from Brisbane for treatment© Getty Images

Aug 16, 2014

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will miss the team’s tour to Zimbabwe due to a sprained ankle. He will be replaced by Phil Hughes in the squad. The team was about to leave in day for Zimbabwe when Watson picked up the injury.

Watson’s unavailability was confirmed by the official website of Cricket Australia (CA). “Shane today unfortunately sprained his right ankle at training, damaging an ankle ligament. His ankle is currently swollen and sore, but expected to recover with a period of rest. Due to the compact nature of the tour, we’ve made a decision that Shane would be unlikely to recover sufficiently in time for the series. He will return to Sydney in coming days to continue his recovery and be ready for the Tour of the UAE,” team physio Alex Kountouris explained.

Watson’s injury allows Hughes a lucky break to make a comeback in to the national side. Hughes had a sensational run in the Quadrangular series involving India A, South Africa A and Australia’s National Performance squad. Hughes also became the first Australian to score a List A double ton.

“With Shane ruled out for the tour, the NSP clearly feels the natural player to come in is Phil Hughes. As I’ve said previously, Phil was unlucky not to be picked in the initial squad after showing some great form in the Australia A Series and was the natural choice to come in for Shane,” said selector Rod Marsh.

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