Hauritz likely to replace injured Krejza

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Adelaide, Nov 26 (UNI) Nathan Hauritz might make a surprise international comeback as the North South Wales spinner has been recalled to the Australian squad to replace the injured Jason Krejza for the second Test against New Zealand.

The 25-year-old Krejza, who claimed 12 wickets in his Test debut in Nagpur against India earlier this month, rolled his ankle during a high-catching drill and limped from Adelaide Oval after he fell to the ground in agony during a training session this morning.

He was assisted from the field by team physio Alex Kountouris and grimaced as he hobbled into the change rooms, where captain Ricky Ponting quickly followed.

He was later sent to hospital for scans on his right ankle and is in doubt for Friday's match.

Disappointed over Krejza's injury, Ponting said, ''It did not look good.

''I know he's been taken off at the moment for scans on his right ankle so we won't know the full extent of the injury until possibly early tomorrow morning,'' he asserted.

However, the Tasmanian off-spinner will be given every chance to prove his fitness before the match against New Zealand.

''X-rays this afternoon have cleared Jason of any major damage and shown that he has suffered a ligament strain to his right ankle.

He will be provided as much time as necessary in order to be available for selection although the likelihood of this is still uncertain,'' Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

However, if Hauritz gets a ticket for the second Test, this will be his second Test. His only Test came as a replacement for an injured Shane Warne in Mumbai four years ago, where he was able to claim five wickets.

Andrew Hilditch, Chairman of selectors said Hauritz was the appropriate player to be called up to the national squad.

''Nathan has experience at the international level in Test and ODI cricket and as a finger spinner we see him as the appropriate shadow player for this match,'' Hilditch stressed.

However, Hauritz's form dipped markedly following his Test debut, and he was dropped from the Queensland side in the later stages of the 2004-05 season.

Krejza had been expected to be called back into the side after being overlooked for last week's first Test on the seam-friendly Gabba pitch.


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