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Cullen replaces injured Clark for Australia

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST

Off-spinner Daniel Cullen has been drafted in to replace the injured Stuart Clark in Australia's Champions Trophy side.

Cullen learnt of his selection during a practice match between South Australia and Tasmania and was over the moon.

"This came out of the blue but naturally I'm really excited about the opportunity," he said.

"It's really disappointing for Stuart to miss out with an injury and I'm sure that everyone wishes him the best for a speedy recovery.

"However, it's now up to me to take this opportunity and put my best foot forward for the team and I'm really looking forward to going to India."

Seamer Clark was ruled out on Wednesday with a thigh injury he suffered last weekend playing club cricket.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said Cullen deserved his chance, and he was happy with Australia's bowling attack heading into a tournament they have never won before.

"Dan bowled really well in Kuala Lumpur from limited opportunities," he said of last month's DLF Cup tri-series in Malaysia.

"We saw this as an ideal opportunity to continue his development at international level while also gaining valuable experience in Indian conditions."

"We are comfortable with the balance of our bowling attack with four fast bowlers, two spinners and a number of all-rounders who can compliment our front-line attack."

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