Sachin unlike, Ponting out of Twenty20 clash
As the young T20 champion side of India is set to face another biggest clash Twenty20 cricket diary, two of the biggest players Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are unlikely to have a face in the only clash of India Australia cricket series at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Sachin Tendulkar though attained the entire practice session but considering the T20 a young man’s game
Meanwhile, the Cricket Australia has made it confirmed that Ponting is suffering a back injury and hence kept out from the Friday’s T20 cricket keeping in mind the ODI series.
He has been replaced by Brad Hodge on the third spot to strengthen Aussies batting line-up and Michael Clarke will lead the team against India, the champion of inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa last year.
As far as Indian team composition is concerned star batsman Yuvraj Singh would not be able to play due to injury in this match and also the first One-Day match of the Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series starting from February 03.
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Brad Hodge, Andrew Symonds, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Adam Voges, James Hopes, Brett Lee, Ashley Noffke, Nathan Bracken, Ben Hilfenhaus.
India: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar (unlikely), Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, S. Sreesanth.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford & Simon Toufel; Third umpire: Bob Parry; Match Referee: Jeff Crowe.
Match Time: The match is scheduled to start at 2.05 p.m. IST
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