Ponting's news did not come as a surprise for Aussies

Updated on Oct 05, 2004 08:46 PM IST

The news that Australian captain Ricky Ponting was to miss the second Test too did not come as a bolt from the blue for the visitors.

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The news that Australian captain Ricky Ponting was to miss the second Test too of the four-match series against India did not come as a bolt from the blue for the visitors, according to team coach John Buchanan.

"Basically we all thought that would be the case (that the injured Ponting would miss the second Test too at Chennai commencing on October 14). But as we understand his case is really going well and he should be here sometime during the second Test," Buchanan told reporters on Thursday after the first day's play of the tour-opener against Ranji Trophy winners Mumbai.

The Australian captain fractured his thumb during the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against England and flew home to Australia for a detailed analysis of his injury.

News filtered in earlier on Thursday from Australia that he would miss the second Test too after having been ruled out already of the series opener in Bangalore commencing on October 6.

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