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Australia salute England for keeper gesture

Australia coach Tim Nielsen hailed England's sportsmanship in allowing them to bring in reserve wicket-keeper Graham Manou for his Test debut here at Edgbaston on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2009 15:06 IST

Australia coach Tim Nielsen hailed England's sportsmanship in allowing them to bring in reserve wicket-keeper Graham Manou for his Test debut here at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Australia suffered a setback shortly before the match started when regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin sustained a finger injury during the warm-up.

Haddin had been named in the Australia team at the toss and that meant the tourists had to seek permission from England captain Andrew Strauss to select a specialist replacement in South Australia's Manou for an unexpected Test debut.

This series, which England lead 1-0, has seen some controversial moments with Australia captain Ricky Ponting all but accusing the home side of time-wasting during the drawn first Test in Cardiff and Strauss under fire for claiming a disputed catch during England's 115-run win at Lord's.

"To refuse is well within his rights," Nielsen told reporters. "It was a fine gesture.

"We used the England team doctor to assess Brad's finger, he was concerned about its stature, the process worked really well and for the game's sake we are now going to have 11 fit blokes on each team."