Bracken to have surgery, out of Champions League

Updated: 01 October 2009 09:22 IST

Nathan Bracken will miss the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, team officials said on Thursday.

Sydney:

Australia pace bowler Nathan Bracken will miss the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery, team officials said on Thursday.

The limited-overs specialist consulted specialists in Sydney and Melbourne this week after being sent home from Australia's Champions Trophy squad in Johannesburg because of the right knee injury.

"Nathan has been booked in for arthroscopic surgery next week," Cricket Australia doctor Trefor James said. "His progress following surgery will be monitored for a return to training in due course."

Bracken was scheduled to play in the $2.5 million Champions League tournament in India with his New South Wales state side.

"We've ruled him out of the Champions League. He'll be in contact with Australia in terms of whether he is available for the one-day series in India (in late October)," Cricket New South Wales spokesman David Townsend told Australian Associated Press.

Bracken, 32, had mixed success in Australia's recent seven-match ODI series in England, claiming seven wickets at an average of 35.14 in six appearances.

An economical line and length bowler, Bracken has played in 116 limited-overs matches, taking 174 wickets at an average of 24.36, including two five-wicket hauls.

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