No surgery for Ponting

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Australian captain Ricky Ponting will not need surgery on his broken thumb but is almost certain to miss the first Test against India.

Sydney:

Australian captain Ricky Ponting will not need surgery on his broken thumb but is almost certain to miss the first Test against India, Cricket Australia said today. Cricket Australia medical adviser Trefor James said an examination today in Sydney by specialist Ian Hargreaves confirmed a fracture to the distal phalanx of Ponting's left thumb. "After discussion with Ricky, we have decided he should rest for the next few days and we will organise a re-examination for later next week to check his progress and better assess when he might be able to grip a bat and field," James said. "Fortunately, the specialist has advised that the bones are sitting well and surgery will not be necessary, but it is difficult at this stage to assess how long will he needed before he can resume playing," James added. Ponting injured his thumb while fielding during Australia's semifinal loss to England at the ICC Champions' Trophy. (AP)

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