Injured McGain unable to bowl

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Jaipur, Sep 25 (UNI) World champion Australia's run into the Test series against India started poorly overnight with Bryce McGain - frontrunner for the spin bowling berth in a pace-oriented attack - unable to bowl.

McGain is still recovering from the shoulder problem he picked up during his time with Australia A here earlier this month.

However, coach Tim Nielsen is confident he will get to the bowling crease in the next couple of days.

''Bryce is keen to have a bowl, it's a shame he got his little niggle in India with the A tour so we're just nursing him through the last stage of that rehab, he'll get going in the next day or so and be ready to have a trundle,'' Nielsen said here.

''Once he can get his first bowl over here he'll be a little more relaxed.'' Elsewhere, opening batsman Matthew Hayden looked noticeably rusty in his first net session, being bowled at least twice and also playing and missing at numerous deliveries from Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and an assortment of Rajasthan Academy bowlers.

Importantly, however, Hayden did not appear hindered in his movement, as he fights to earn the confidence of tour selectors after being incapacitated for the winter with an Achilles problem.

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