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Bevan ruled out with rib injury

Australia one-day specialist Michael Bevan has been ruled out of the tri-series against India and Zimbabwe with a fractured rib.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2004 21:26 IST

Australia one-day specialist Michael Bevan has been ruled out of the rest of the triangular series against India and Zimbabwe with a fractured rib.

Bevan, who made a run-a-ball 56 despite batting with the problem during Thursday's washed-out match against Zimbabwe in Melbourne, is expected to be out for between two and six weeks.

The left-hander will miss the best-of-three final against India starting on February 6 and is also in doubt for next month's one-day series in Sri Lanka.

The 33-year-old suffered the injury while batting in the nets earlier in the week.

"I just got hit under the ribs and felt some discomfort," Bevan told a news conference at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"Halfway through the innings tonight I just felt it go a little bit worse than what it had in the past."

Bevan, a two times World Cup winner, said he felt discomfort in breathing, running and when making sharp movements.

Australia team physiotherapist Errol Alcott said x-rays showed a crack on the border of the fifth rib.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Bevan, ranked by Wisden in 2002 as one of the top five batsmen to have played one-day cricket, would leave a huge hole.

"It's a loss for us and hopefully someone can fill his shoes and play the role that he plays for us," he said.

Ponting will be rested from his side's last triangular series match against India in Perth on Sunday.

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said his side would have had a fighting chance of chasing down Australia's score of 263 for nine on Thursday.

"We would have been in the hunt. Our middle order have batted well," Streak said, before bemoaning the injuries during the tour to top-order batsmen Mark Vermeulen and Craig Wishart.

"It's tough enough for us to play the top two sides with our best 11.

"If we'd had those extra strokeplayers...we may have walked away with a couple of victories."

First Published: Jan 29, 2004 16:54 IST