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Lee, Johnson doubtful for second ODI; Hopes ruled out

The Australian cricket team has been hit hard with injuries as strike bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are doubtful for the second One-day international against India on Wednesday.

cricket Updated: Oct 26, 2009 21:56 IST

The Australian cricket team has been hit hard with injuries as strike bowlers Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are doubtful for the second One-day international against India on Wednesday.

All-rounder James Hopes has already been ruled out of the match after he strained his hamstring during the first match in Vadodara on Sunday. Mitchell Johnson also left the field for a while after twisting his ankle and Lee has a sore elbow.

"Hopes, Lee and Johnson all underwent scans. James has suffered a minor strain on his hamstring. He will be unavailable for the second ODI but he is expected to be available for the latter part of this series," said team physiotherapist Kevin Sims.

"Brett Lee also has a mild right elbow strain and will be assessed prior to the next game. Mitchell has also suffered an inversion strain of his left ankle. Both the players will receive treatment it will depend on how they respond to treatment before a decision is taken on their availability for the match," he added.

Australia had already lost key players Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Nathan Bracken to injuries at the start of the series.